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Bowdoin Orient 

Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine 

The Oldest Continuously Published College Weekly in the U.S. 

September 13, 2002 
Volume CXXXII, Number 1 

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Bowdoin remembers 

Campus commemorates one year anniversary of 9/1 1 

Carolyn Dion 

Staff Writer 

The school gathered both in 
prayer in the chapel, as well as 
a community in Morrell 
Gymnasium to commemorate 
the one year anniversary of 
September 11. 

In a similar fashion, the 
Brunswick Area Interfaith 
Council held I."' 
noontime prayer 
service for the 
college and town 
of Brunswick at 
the First Parish 
Church, and the 
school was again 
called to join 
together for a 
panel discussion 
at 8:00 p.m. in 
Pickard Theater. 

The panel 

brought together 
Dorcas Gilpatrick, 
Associate Director of the Maine 
Chapter of the Civil Liberties 
Union; Laurence Pope, Former 
US Ambassador and member of 
the Bowdoin College Class of 
1967; Brig. Gen. Joseph 
Timkham, Director of 
Homeland Security for the State 
of Maine; and Dov Waxman, 
Assistant Professor of 
Government at Bowdoin. 

Barry Mills began the discus- 
sion by telling the community, 
"I was very proud of the 

College that day." Mills went 
on to say that he believed that 
rather than "relive the painful 
events of that day," he had 
decided to "bring thoughtful 
people together" to discuss 
issues which continue to be rel- 
evant in an academic setting in 
light of the terrorist attacks. 
Following these remarks, Craig 
Mc Ewen, 
Dean for 

Affairs, and 
acting as 
Pope as the 
first speaker. 
believed that, 
although the 
response was 
"a justified 
Washington far too often uses 
military force as a first, rather 
than last, resort." Pope went on 
to note that the "balance of 
power is tilted towards the radi- 
cal wing. These are perilous 
times and [with the current mil- 
itary action] we are riding for a 

Waxman, next to speak, cen- 
tered his commentary on refut- 
ing the claim that "the world 

Please see 9/11, page 3 

Karsten Moran, Bowdoin Orient 

President Barry Mills speaks 
before a faculty panel at the 
September 11 discussion and 


Cooling off at Coleman 

BOC finds a 
new home 

Ted Reinert 

Orient Staff 

Karsten Moran, Bowdoin Orient 

A first-year cools off outside Coleman Hall Tuesday afternoon in an 
effort to escape temperatures that reached the high 90s. 

The Outing Club has moved from 
its old headquarters, upstairs in Smith 
Union, to a state-of-the-art building 
of^their own at the junction of 
College Street and Harpswell Road. 
The new building houses all of its 
equipment, formerly stored in the 
basements of Appleton Hall and 
Burnett House, and it is also now cat- 
aloged in a database built by CIS pro- 
grammer Ron Kay. 

The Schwartz Outdoor Leadership 
Center also features a library/map 
room a kitchen, and offices for direc- 
tor Mike Woodruff, assistant director 
Stacy Kirschner, and student officers. 
The building also contains trip lock- 
ers, bathrooms, and a huge central 
hall with a fireplace, in which the 
Outing Club prepared for its annual 
pre-orientation trips in late August 
under the watchful eyes of a gigantic 
moose head. 

"The most obvious improvement 
is the efficiency in getting trips out in 
the field," said Woodruff. "We were 
really a day ahead in our preparation 
for pre-orientation." 

The Schwartz Outdoor Leadership 
Center cost 1.2S million dollars. 
Construction started last November 
and the building opened in June. 
Planning started in December 1998. 
Associate Dean of Student Affairs 
Tim Foster chaired a committee 
including Emily Hinman, Rich 
Mrazik, and Jeremy Morse '99, Kim 

Please see BOC. page 4 

College snuffs out smoking 

Hannah Dean 

Staff Writer 

Studies classify second hand 
smoke as a 
Class A car- 
cinogen, a sub-; 
stance proven 
to cause can- 
cer. Exposure 
to second hand 
smoke is 

known to cause 
heart and lung 
disease, as 
well as cancer. 
For every eight 
people who die 
from smoking- 
related cases, 
one non-smok- 
er will die 
from second- 
hand exposure. 

In light of 
these statistics, 
Barry Mills, 

President of Bowdoin College 
has banned smoking within col- 
lege buildings, and placed 
restrictions On outdoor smoking. 
"The time has come for all col- 
lege buildings to be smoke- 
free," he said. 

The new policy will apply to 
all college spaces (including 
offices, apartments and college 
houses) and also extends to SO 
feet from all building entrances. 

President Mills said that the SO 
feet won't be enforced "with a 
tape measure," but believes stu- 

Karsten Moran, Bowdoin Orient 

Students rebelliously enjoy drags off cigarettes in an increasingly 
limited area. Smoking it now banned in all college buildings. 

dents will find an appropriate 

According to Dr. Jeff Benson, 
"over the course of a year of 
social smoking, nearly half will ' 
become addicted." Social smok- 
ing — i.e. only at parties or with 
friends — "is like playing with 
fire," said Benson. 

He supplied statistics concern- 
ing smoking at Bowdoin. In the 
IRC's (Internet Relay Chat) 

Spring 2002 Survey, 6.6 percent 
of students reported smoking 
every day; 5.5 percent once or 
twice to a few 
times per week; 
another 5.5 per- 
cent smoked "a 
couple of times" 
per month; and 
18.8 percent a 
few times a year. 
63.5 percent 
reported never 
having smoked 
in the previous 

"Nearly 85 
percent of stu- 
dents surveyed 
reported expo- 
sure to second 
hand smoke." 

Although the 
number . of 

Bowdoin stu- 
dents that smoke 
is small, it has been shown that 

Dining Services spices up 
meal plan, drops Domino's 

Ann Sullivan 

Staff Writer 

Please see SMOKING page 3 


Domino's Pizza lovers may be disap- 
pointed with some of the new changes 
made by Dining Services this year. 
However, this policy change may be 
tempered by a new option to board 
plans — a late night snack. 

The Domino's Pizza option offered in 
past years through the polar points pro- 
gram allowed students to order from the 
pizza delivery service and have die cost 
deducted directly from their polar 
account, but this in turn diverted too 
much money away from the dining pro- 
gram restricting it from exploring new 
ideas to benefit students. 

One fresh idea is an additional meal 
served from 10 p.m. until 1 am at 
Thome Dining Hall. This meal will be 
charged to the student's board plan at the 
rate of a breakfast Mary Kennedy, 
director of dining services, described the 
meal as having "all of the cereals that are 
out there, bagels, breads, toast, peanut 
butter, fruit, desserts, and we'll rotate 
some kind of evening special [such as] 

nachos and cheese or vegetable platters 
or fruits and dips." When asked if there 
was going to be a more direct substitute 
to fill the discontinuation of the popular 
Domino's plan, Kennedy said that "if the 
[demand for pizza delivery] ever got 
brisk enough that we could support it 
and get staffing for it we may be able to 
do that" 

This late night snack is only a trial 
program for this semester and was 
sparked by a survey that the student gov- 
ernment conducted last year. Jason 
Hafler '03, student government presi- 
dent, said the results showed a demand 
for late night food service. When com- 
menting on the absence of Domino's 
polar points, he said "you can't get rid of 
a service, you need something else." 

The outcome of the changes in the 
meal plan is up to the students. Virginia 
Greenbaum '06 commented that "the 
late night snack could be a good idea but 
I would prefer if Domino's was still 
available." For more information or 
questions about board plans, contact din- 
ing services at x321 1. 


Martha Stewart Living jail?? 

Page 4 

Chapel update, Page 2 


A peek inside 

VACs fishbowl 

Pages 12-14 



September 13, 2002 


The Bowdoin Orient 

Chapel renovations press on 

Water-damaged granite stones, eroded mortar continue to be replaced 

Karsien Moran. Bowdoin Orient 

Construction workers repairing the chapel take a break for lunch 

Conor P. Williams 

Staff Writer 

For nearly a year now. the east- 
ern edge of the Quad has been 
dominated by caution tape and 
construction equipment. What 
began as precautionary mainte- 
nance has become a complete 
rebuilding project. 

"Constantly were looking 
around to sec the condition of the 
buildings." says acting Director 
of Facilities Management David 
D'Angelo. "we try to catch prob- 
lems before they become seri- 

D'Angelo outlined a four-step 
process that the College follows 
in construction projects on cam- 
pus; beginning with "conceptual 
design" — the administration 
seeks to understand the situation 
and its challenges to formulate a 
goal This is followed by 
"schematic design" — the creation 
of a logical means of achieving 
the stated ends. 

The "development process" is 
outlined next, and is followed by 
a continual refinement process 

that seeks to acquire accurate 
budget statements and cost 
expectations. D'Angelo placed 
the current project in the refine- 
ment stage, currently completing 
a preventative measure to help 
the lowers weather the winter. 

"Stage one will be done in 
October sometime — probably late 
October — netting will be up with 
stainless steel bands every ten 
feet or so." says Shawn Smith, 
on-site project head from H.P. 
Cummings Construction. "Then, 
in March, the netting will be 
taken down, and the stones will 
each be numbered, removed, and 

What brought this about? 
Weather-related spalling was 
beginning to force pieces from 
the outer granite wall to protrude 
from the towers and even caused 
several to fall altogether. The 
science behind the problem is 
simple — moisture seeps through 
cracks in the mortar holding the 
carved stones together and 
expands with the freezing tem- 
peratures in the winter, forcing 

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the blocks out of their positions. 
The towers are 12 feet on a 
side with three-foot-thick walls. 
Only the outer foot of carved 
granite stone will be removed, 
leaving the interior two feet 
intact. H.P. Cummings is respon- 
sible for the initial scaffolding 
construction and preventative 
measures for the coming winter. 

I think it's a neces- 
sary renovation... it's 
not [about] what it 
looks like now, but 
what it will look like 
in the end. 

Ryan Boutin '05 

The firm, founded in 1879, is 
responsible for many other recent 
renovations on campus, including 
the Moulton Union terrace 
repairs last summer, as well as 
the Hawthorne-Longfellow 

Library, Searles Science 
Building, and Walker Art 

Please see CHAPEL, page 3 

Controversial grading and 
reporting changes approved 

Alec Schley 

Staff Writer 

The Faculty voted on May 6 to 
include GPA on student transcripts; a 
decision that will go 
into effect for all stu- 
dents in the 2002- 
2003 school year. 
The decision to 
implement GPA was 
finalized one month 
after the faculty 
voted to add pluses 
and minuses to the 
Bowdoin grading 
system. Before the 
2002-2003 school 
year, GPAs were cal- 
culated for the sole 
purpose of determin- 
ing various academ- 
ic honors, such as 
Sarah and James 
Bowdoin scholar 
list. Students often 
calculated GPAs 
unofficially for 
potential employers, 
frequently with inac- 
curate results. A 
major concern for administrators was 
the accuracy of GPA calculations. 

According to Christine Cote, 

Karsten Moran, Bowdoin Orient 

With the new system, manual' 
ly computing GPAs will be a 
thing of the past. 

Director of Institutional Research and 
Registrar of Student Records, "it 
seemed only right that the very office 
responsible for grades and records 
should do an official calculation." 

The addition of 
GPAs to tran- 
scripts, coupled 
with a new 
plus/minus grad- 
ing system, has 
left students con- 
cerned that 
Bowdoin will take 
on an increasingly 
According to 
Hallie Mueller 

"The introduc- 
tion of pluses and 
minuses and GPA 
at Bowdoin works 
against the 

school's liberal arts 
philosophy of self- 
discovery ... 
Bowdoin's de- 
emphasis . on 
grades and test 
scores was one of things that appealed 

Please see GRADINQ page 4 


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Illegal khat use on the 
rise in U.S. 

Law enforcement officials in sev- 
eral Midwest cities are responding to 
a rise in the use of the illegal drug 
khat, a type of leaf exported from 
East Africa Commonly chewed for 
its amphetamine-like high, the rise in 
domestic khat usage is believed to be 
tied to an influx of immigrants from 
Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and 
Yemen — countries where khat is 
widely used. 

Although present since the 1980s, 
khat use has recently followed 
African and Middle Eastern immi- 
grants into the Midwest, most signif- 
icantly affecting the cities of 
Minneapolis and Columbus, Ohio. 
In Minneapolis, police have pulled 
over several young Somalis in search 
of khat. sparking protests from 
immigrant groups. 

Khat has been classified as an ille- 
gal drug since 1993 and is exported 
to the U.S. from East Africa. 
Containing the amphetamine-like 
substance cathinone, khat addiction 
can cause violence and suicidal 



records are due to a rise in the aver- 
age ticket price. Previously, officials 
expected an average ticket price of 
$10. In July, however, the average 
ticket price was $15.70, a reflection 
of more riders riding the entire 
length of the service. 

The Downeaster connects 
Portland and Boston with several 
intermediate stops in Maine, New 
Hampshire, and Massachusetts. 

Brunswick public schools 
adopt dress code 

The Brunswick School Board 
voted unanimously to impose a new 
school dress code in its meeting on 
Wednesday night. Applying to more 
than 3,300 students who attend the 
city's public schools, the new code 
creates both dress and grooming 

The new standards seek to prevent 
students from wearing anything that 
may be deemed revealing or inde- 
cent and also prohibits students from 
wearing clothing that promotes 
tobacco, illegal drugs, alcohol, and 
things which have sexual meanings. 
Styles of hair or dress that block a 
student's vision are also banned in 
the new code, which takes effect 

The School Board received few 
protests from students or parents 
over the new regulations. 

Amtrak Downeaster 
enjoys revenue success 

Amtrak 's Downeaster rail service 
between Boston and Portland broke 
new records for both ridership and 
revenue last month, as the service 
came within just $280,000 of its rev- 
enue projection for the entire year. 

Amtrak officials say the revenue 

College Life 

Yale, Princeton battle 
over computer hacking 

Princeton University suspended 
its head of admissions after the 

admissions office was accused of 
breaking into the Yale University 
web site that informs applicants 
about their acceptance or denial to 
the school. Yale notified the FBI 
after it noted 18 unauthorized log-ins 
to its admissions site, all of which 
traced back to computers at 

Stephen LeMenager, the suspend- 
ed associate dean of admissions, said 
that his office checked the Yale site 
as a means of determining its securi- 
ty; the school used records from 
applicants who applied to both 
schools as a means of accessing the 
site. Yale saw the intrusion as a vio- 
lation of the privacy of its applicants 
and notified those who were affect- 

Yale staffers said that Princeton 
admissions officers accessed some 
applicants' files before the students 
themselves had seen them. This was 
the first year that Yale used the web 
site, a popular feature amongst stu- 

Court lets Koran 

assignment stand at UNC 


A Richmond. Virginia federal 
appeals court ruled that small-group 
discussions about the Koran could 
continue at the University of North 
Carolina. The Family Policy 
Network, a conservative Christian 
group, sought to block the discus- 
sions about Approaching the Quran: 
The Early Revelations by Michael 
Sells, arguing that the discussions 
were an unconstitutional promotion 
of Islam. 

Approximately 4,200 incoming 
freshmen and transfer students were 
assigned to read a portion of Sells's 
book in the university's attempt to 
introduce students to the unfamiliar 
ideas held by about 1 million 
Muslims throughout the world. 

—Complied by Kyle Staller 

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The Bowdoin Orient 


September 13, 2002 

Discussion pdnel aimed to explore global, national aftermath of terror attacks 

9/11. firm page I 

has changed." He went on to 
dispel five points made about 
September 11th, which he 
believed to be 
Waxman dis- 
agreed with the 
assertion that' 
would change, 
that the Bush 
would work with 
Allies, and that 
the world would 
retreat to isola- 

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with the world which created 

Timkham, the next to speak, 
focused more on the domestic 
changes since September 11, 


cially economic 
ones, in America 
are due more to 
"executives at 
Enron" than the 
events of 

September 11. 

He also emphasized that, not 
unlike during the Cold War, 
America still considers the 
world "in 'us and them' terms," 
and that "the movement toward 
unity has quickly evaporated." 
Although Waxman noted that 
the world has not changed, he 
emphasized that we "should not 
take comfort in continuation 

A panelist discusses the global relevance of the attacks, in the con- 
text of international relations and economic impacts. The 
Wednesday night forum was open to the campus and community 

particularly in the state of 
Maine. He concentrated on the 
"hundreds of vulnerabilities" 
which were found in the state of 
Maine, and how security has 
changed to address many of 
these problems. 

He concluded by mentioning 
that Maine will be receiving 
government funds in the next 

year to increase security, and 
that funding will be felt 
throughout the state. 

The final speaker, Gilpatrick, 
voiced her concern "of what 
would happen 
to our civil lib- 
erties." She 
went on to say 
that the Bush 
is "completely 
of the law" in 
its detainment 
of 1,200 

A mericans, 
who have yet 
to be accused 
of any crime, 
for investiga- 

She also 
touched upon 
some new ini- 
tiatives of the 
Bush adminis- 
tration which 
she believed 
were inappro- 
priate, noting in particular the 
American Patriot Act, which 
gives the FBI greater power to 
investigate individuals. 

Gilpatrick concluded her 
commentary by warning "don't 
trust the government when they 
say 'trust us, we'll do the right 
thing', they won't, and history 
tells us so." 

McMahon hired as Assistant 
Dean of Student Affairs 

Sam Downing 

Staff Writer 

Karsten Moran, Bowdoin Orient 


Wear and tear takes toll on chapel walls; but restoration efforts continue 

CHAPEL, f mm page 2 

Building dome renovations. The 
firm was also involved in the 
construction of Wish Theater and 
has done work on college cam- 
puses throughout the East, 
including Middlebury College. 
The College is reviewing several 
proposals for the second stage, 
including two separate plans 
from H.P. Cummings involving 
two different masonry partners. 

The second stage will begin in 
March and involves the stone 
removal and rebuilding for the 
North Tower. Work will begin on 
the South Tower the following 
March. D'Angelo realizes that 
this can't necessarily be a strict 

timetable, when budget concerns 
and schedules are being weighed. 

The Chapel has been a part of 
Bowdoin 's campus for most of 
the College's existence. Built in 
the 1850s under the supervision 
of architect Richard Upjohn, and 
opened in 18SS, it has long been 
an impressive monument to 
Bowdoin's strong sense of tradi- 

Bowdoin College President 
Barry Mills noted that, "The 
chapel is an incredibly important 
building on the Bowdoin campus 
and in the state. When you are 
the keeper of a historic building, 
it is your responsibility to main- 
tain it. We look forward to 
returning the chapel to its former 


Student reaction has been char- 
acterized by disappointment at 
the concealment of the towers, 
but is tempered by the project's 

"I think it's a necessary reno- 
vation," says Ryan Boutin, '05, 
"it's not [about] what it looks like 
now, but what it will look like in 
the end." 

Now, after a century and a half, 
the renovations are seeking to 
preserve that tradition for future 
Bowdoin students through a com- 
pletely new beginning for the 

"Hopefully, when we're done, 
this will last another 150 years," 
says Smith. 

Bowdoin has named Mary Pat 
McMahon, a former graduate school 
administrator and Ivy League admis- 
sions officer, to the position of Assistant 
Dean of Student Affairs. 

On the job since last May, McMahon 
replaces Mya Mangawang. who left 
Bowdoin last year to 
continue her education. 
McMahon, who was 
recommended by a 
search committee 
headed by Senior 
Associate Dean, Tim 
Foster, describes her 
new job as a mix of 
advising and adminis- 

Her work will range 
from assisting upper- 
class students with aca- 
demic and personal 
matters to enforcing 
college honor code 
policies and managing 
the student Judicial 
Board process. In addi- 
tion, she will coordi- 
nate student advising 
between college 

offices. McMahon 
said she aims to open the door to stu- 
dents seeking to manage their time 
between school, social activities, leader- 
ship and resume-building. 

"I want to be a resource to help peo- 
ple find direction and help make their 
college years a success," she said "The 
main thing I do is present people with 
options. Often I sit down with students 
and map out their days so we can see 
how they are spending their time and 
how they can find balance. I like seeing 
all those pieces . . fitting together, mak- 
ing sure people are keeping balance in 
their lives." 

McMahon hopes students will meet 
with her to try and sort out decisions 
about their majors, career plans or even 
social pressures. 

Noting that the committee that inter- 
viewed her included two student mem- 
bers, McMahon said student involve- 
ment "at a fundamental policy-making 
level is a special thing about Bowdoin. I 
think it's great." She likes what she has 
seen of the Judicial Board framework 
and hopes to hear the impressions and 

suggestions students have about the J- 

After several years working in admis- 
sions and administration at major uni- 
versities, McMahon said she welcomes 
the opportunity to work at a closely-knit 
small campus. "There is a real sense of 
people looking out for one another 
here," she said calling Bowdoin stu- 
dents "proacuve and hardworking." 

originally from 
received an 
degree from Yale 
and a graduate 
degree in interna- 
tional history 
from London 
School of 


Her diverse 
foci — the Middle 
East. Europe 
between the 
ware, and 

Vietnam — hint at 
McMahon' s 
curiosity, and she 
notes that her life 
experiences and 
work in college admissions have helped 
her see that "you can't pigeonhole peo- 
ple" based on where they are from or 
what they have done with their lives. 

As an admissions officer at Yale for 
three years. McMahon came to appreci- 
ate that the way in which life expen- 
ences and personal characteristics inter- 
act to create a unique individual is often 
hard to predict. 

After her time as a gatekeeper. 
McMahon wanted to work with students 
already on campus. Moving into 
administration, she took a job at New 
York University helping to run a PhD 
program at the business school. Her 
work there ranged from running orienta- 
tion and advising students to administer- 
ing fellowships and financial aid. 

Now, at Bowdoin. McMahon is eager 
to continue her interaction and involve- 
ment with students. She stresses that she 
is "new. listening, and available" to help 
students wind their way through college 
and into the world, taking full advantage 
of the opportunities here. 

Karsten Moran, Bowdoin Orient 

Assistant Dean of Student 
Affairs Mary McMahon 

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New policy aims to reduce harmful effects of second-hand smoke 

SMOKING from page I 

through the course of college a 
significant percentage pick up 
the habit. 

Along with the new smoking 
policy, which Mills hopes will 
"make people more aware of the 
dangers of smoking," there also 
comes a new program to help 
smokers quit. 

Dr. Benson, a very involved 
figure in the program, will be 
offering one-on-one counseling, 
support, and treatment for smok- 
ers. Dudley Coe health center 
will provide prescriptions for 
nicotine patches and other treat- 
ments, free of charge. 

While some students have 
noted that the policy infringes on 
individual freedoms, most 
responses have been positive. 

Mills said that the administration 
must "balance individual liberty 

Doctor Benson, a 
very involved figure in 
the [smoking cessa- 
tion] program, will be 
offering one-on-one 
counseling support and 
treatment for smokers. 

against health and safety." He 
added, "studies show that the 

number of students who become 
addicted to cigarettes during 
their four years at college can be 
decreased by 40 percent just by 
making college residence halls 
smoke- free" 

Although Mills does not fore- 
see any stricter developments in 
the future concerning smoking, 
he hopes that the students and 
faculty will respect each other 
enough to abide by the present 
rules concerning smoking on 

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The Bowdoin Orient 

Plus /minus and GPA changes heighten accuracy of student transcripts ■* 

GRADING, from page 2 

to me most when I was a prospective 

Craig A McEwen. Dean for 
Academic Affairs, docs not believe that 
the official calculation of GPAs will 
discourage students from taking advan- 
tage of their liberal aits education. Said 
McEwen. "I personally think (calcula- 
tion of GPA | will have little effect [on 
the motivation of studentsj. 

Students previously knew that GPAs 
were computed for them by others and 
they often computed their own. This 
formal change does more to standardize 
how GPAs are computed than to create 
something that wasn't there before." 

Cote agreed with McEwen's assess- 
ment of the changes; "Previous to this 
policy change, Bowdoin students had 

been very aware of their GPAs (they 
did iheir own computations for 
resumes), so in a way I don't Ihink any- 
thing has really changed," she said. 

"I think the vast majority of students 
come to Bowdoin seeking an excellent 
liberal ails education and are eager to 
he challenged. Having my office now 
produce an official GPA is not going to 
change that." 

Potentially more troubling to stu- 
dents than GPA calculations is the 
adjustment to a plus/minus grading sys- 
tem. Many believe that having pluses 
and minuses will irrevocably lead to 
more stress at an already rigorous insti- 

"People don't object to the fact that 
(the plus/minus system] is a more accu- 
rate indicator," said Holiday Douglas 
05. "People object to the fact that they 

Student Gov't tests shuttle service 

Bowdoin Student Government is 
providing free taxi service via 
Brunswick Taxi (729-3688) this semes- 
ter. Night sen ice around campus and to 
Joshua's is available Fridays and 
Saturdays, 9 p.m. to 2 am., and week- 

end service to Freeport, Cook's Comer, 
Walmart and Hoyts is available from 1 1 
am. to 9 p.m. A minimum of three rid- 
ers is required and tipping is strongly 
encouraged. Contact Tejus Ajmera, for info. 

will have to work harder to achieve 
their desired grade." . 

Although many students fear for the 
worst, administrators suggest that plus- 
es and minuses on a transcript will not 
have a discemable negative effect on 
students looking at graduate school or 
for jobs. 

"I suspect there will be no net effect 
Employers rarely look at fine distinc- 
tions on GPAs. Graduate and profes- 
sional schools pay more attention, and 
for some students, this change may help 
a bit by increasing the averages; for oth- 
ers it may have the opposite effect" 
said McEwen. 

"But the marginal effects are likely 
to be very small and not very important 
in admissions decisions that take into 
account many factors, including a stu- 
dent's record of independent work, rec- 
ommendations, and test scores," 
McEwen continued 

This is not the first time Bowdoin 
has altered its grading system. The 
College made a much more radical 
grading transition in the early nineties 
when it moved from HH (high honors, 
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BOC members make use of the spacious areas inside the building. 

BOC, from page I 

Christensen '97, and Megan Hayes 
'03 and Allie Binkowski '03. 

"Dean Foster's perseverance and 
guidance was instrumental in the suc- 
cessful completion of the project," 
said Woodruff. 

Rich Renner of Van Dam & Renner 
Architects of Portland was hired as 
the architect and Wright-Ryan was the 
contractor on the project. The OLC 
was built on the former site of the 
Bowdlnn Bed & Breakfast. 

The building is named in honor of 
Steven M. and Paula Mae Schwartz, 
who were the lead donors for the 
project. Steven is a member of the 
Class of 1970, a trustee of the college, 
and an avid trekker and ocean kayak - 
er. He serves on the board of the 
directors for the Appalachian 
Mountain Club. The Schwartzes are 
founders of Schwartz 

Communications, a PR agency for 
high-tech companies based in 
Waltham, Massachusetts. 
I "We're lucky that we have alumni 
/ such as Steve Schwartz who recog- 
nize the value of outdoor pursuits 
within the context of a liberal arts 
education and who possess the vision 
and generosity to make this facility a 
reality," Woodruff said 

The OLC was built with "green 
construction" in mind. Windows were 
placed to take maximum advantage of 
natural light to reduce energy usage. 
The building has no air conditioning; 
, it is naturally ventilated. Radiant floor 
heat and efficient glazing in the win- 
dows are other green features. 

Couches, benches, and rocking 
chairs should be coming soon to the 
central hall. Woodruff wants the hall 
to be "a community space" for BOC 
members. The fireplace, which is to 
be named in honor of James S. Lentz, 
the first full-time director of the 
CXiting Quo, will be used in colder 
weather so members could enjoy 
"s'mores on the fire." The moose was 
donated to the OLC by Dr. Michael 
Jones '77, father of Josh Jones 04. 

"The moose was actually shot 

about 30 years ago in Alaska, while 
[my dad] was on a hunting trip there. 
Until now it had been in my grand- 
parents' home in Concord, MA. Itold 
Mike Woodruff I could get a moose in 
the new building for more of a Maine 
feel. If you visit any of the old hunt- 
ing and fishing camps in the state, 
they always have a few deer and 
moose on the wall," said Jones. 

The moose is joined by a. stuffed 
animal polar bear in paddling gear 
that looks down on the room from the 
inflatable raft in the rafters. 
Additionally, Ivan Spear '44 has 
donated two pairs of snowshoes from 
Labrador, which he brought back 
from one of Donald MacMillan's 
expeditions that he went on, and a 
caribou skin kayak from the same 
trip, which will be on permanent loan 
from the Worcester Academy. The 
snowshoes and kayak will soon be on 
display in the OLC. 

The new building also provides a 
space where the Outing Club can host 
speakers, receptions, classes, and 
seminars. The Outing Club's first 
speaker of the year will be Alex 
Laden, who soloed the Inside Passage 
from Alaska to Seattle. She will speak 
on September 19 at 7 pm. in the 

The building will be dedicated on 
October 18 when Jill Fredsten, an 
avalanche expert who rowed over 
25,000 miles inside the Arctic Circle, 
comes to speak. On November 6, the 
OLC will host Tom Mailhot, who 
rowed across the Atlantic, and the 
Chewonki Foundation will hold ecol- 
ogy and natural history seminars in 
the building on November 9. In addi- 
tion, on November 14, Fal de Saint 
Phalle, Bowdoin Class of 1968, who 
walked across the United States, will 

Woodruff, Bowdoin Class of 1987, 
said the opening of the OLC, the 
BOC's first building of its own, has 
been the biggest leap forward for the 
Outing Club since the hiring of Lentz 
in 1984. Before, the club was com- 
pletely student-run and was erratic in 
its popularity. 



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The Bowdoin Orient 


September 13, 2002 

September welcome to all 

Ask Dr. Jeff 

Jeff Benson, M.D. 

Dudley Coe Health Center 

Dear Students: Welcome to 
Bowdoin 2002-2003, from all of us' * 
at the Health Center! 

In this, my first column of the 
new year. I wanted to write a little 
about our sense of mission here at 
Dudley Coe, and to review some of 
our programs and services. 

Before coming to Bowdoin. 
many of you were likely cared for 
by pediatricians, and most likely 
under your parents' direct and 
attentive supervision. You might 
not have had the opportunity to ' 
develop independent provider- 
patient relationships of your own. 
You might not have needed to be 
responsible for pursuing your own 
health care, and you might not have 
even been expected to understand 
your own health needs. 

This is exactly what we would 
like to offer you: the opportunity to 
take charge of your own health care 
and needs, with as much support, 
information, and good advice and 
guidance as we can muster. 

In providing health care services 
on campus, we try to emphasize 
health promotion and disease pre- 
vention. We., treat acute illnesses, 
offer preventive exams and vacci- 
nations, and sponsor health educa- 
tion programs. We hope to help you 
gain access to the information, 
resources, and services you'll want 
in order to understand your own 
health needs, to pursue your own 
health care, and to promote and 
sustain your own well-being. 

We are very eager, of course, to 
advertise our smoking cessation 
support efforts. If you're thinking 
about quitting smoking, just want 

to learn more about your options, or 
3usf WaWto help someone else out 
who might be thinking of quitting, 
come on in! 

Once again, this year, we're able 
to offer all students free tetanus, flu, 
pneumonia, and chickenpox vac- 
cines. In addition. Hepatitis B, 
Polio, and Measles/Mumps/Rubella 
vaccinations are free for students 1 8 
years of age or younger. Travel vac- 
cines and the meningitis vaccine are 
available at cost. 

Pap tests at the Health Center are 
free, as are STD tests for both 
women and men, including HIV 
testing. For men, we're still using 
non-invasive, urine tests for STD's. 

In fact, all laboratory tests 
ordered at the Health Center are free 
of charge to students. 

Our in-house, formulary prescrip- 
tion medications are dispensed to 
students free of charge. Our formu- 
lary includes over 30 of the most 
commonly prescribed medica- 

tions — from antibiotics to generic 
"Prozac" and emergency contracep- 
tion. Prescriptions for non-formula- 
ry medications can be filled at a 
number of nearby community phar- 
macies. We also carry a good gener- 
ic birth control pill, which we can 
sell to you for $10 per pack. 

New this year is our own stocked 
supply of liquid nitrogen, for freez- 
ing warts, etc. 

We're continuing to offer minor 
office surgery for "lumps and 

Our "Self-Care Room" is up and 
running, and in it you'll find the 
information, diagnostic tools, and 
remedies to evaluate and treat — by 

yourselves — some of your more 
common ailments. 

The Health Center staff is happy 
to see you for a broad spectrum of 
primary and acute care needs. 

Routine physical exams, GYN 
exams, allergy shots, and travel 
consultations are scheduled by 
appointment at x3770. 

More urgent medical needs can 
be met on a walk-in basis. 

In addition. Dr. Avery, from 
Orthopedic Associates in Portland, 
will be here Monday and Thursday 
mornings for Orthopedic consulta- 
tions. Mona Alley, R.D./L.D.. will 
be coming to the Health Center 
every two weeks for nutrition con- 
sultations. And O. J. Mayo, 
PT./A.T.C, will remain available 
for on-campus physical therapy 

We are always eager to hear back 
from you about your needs and 
concerns, and about how well (or 
not!) we seem to be meeting them. 
Please feel free to contact any of us 
by email or phone, or stop by to 
chat. We will also be starting back 
up our Health Center Student 
Advisory Group to address these 
questions longitudinally. 

And finally, there's my weekly 
column in this paper. It was always 
meant to provide a forum for dis- 
cussion about any questions and 
comments you may have, related to 
health care, public health, preven- 
tive medicine, health policy, Health 
Center services, or any other issues 
involving health or wellness. 
Please feel free to email me with 
any of these questions or com- 
ments. If published, your questions 
and comments would be printed 
anonymously, but our discussion 
might benefit the whole communi- 

Salud! To a great year together! 

Jeff Benson, M.D. 
Dudley Coe Health Center 

Martha Stewart 

Homestyle icon or garden variety con? 

Finances Today 

Timothy Riemer 

As the stock market plummeted tins 
summer and fears of a double-dip 
. recession began to surface with con- 
tinued slow economic numbers. 
investors arid' the public started to 
look for something, or someone, lo 
take their frustrations out on. This 
movement led 
the public lo 
focus on cor- 
porate wrong- 

The media 
focused its 
attention on 
this issue, as it 
became the hot 
topic for 

almost any 
news show. 

.after executive 
was brought 
up on charges 
having to do 
with "interest- 
ing" account- 
ing practices, 

such as Bernic Ebbers of WorldCom. 
Dennis Kozlowksi of Tyco, Martha 

Martha Stewart? 

Stewart is on the verge of being 
brought up on charges of insider trad- 
ing (trading securities on non-public 
information) and obstruction of jus- 

Stewart is being accused of selling 
her 4,000 shares of ImClone based on 
inside information that the FDA was 
going to rule on ImClone 's latest drug. 
Erbitux. Stewart apparently obtained 
this information through conversation 
with ImClone CEO Samuel Waksal or 
other ImClone officials. To make mat- 
ters worse, Stewart then may have lied 

Courtesy of Metropolis org 
Martha Stewart Living... in jail? 

World War II 

Series Introduction 


irst in a series 


Kid Wongsrichanalai 

Staff Writer 

The blades spun swiftly in the 
cloudless sky as the sound of well- 
oiled motors broke the salty, humid 
air of the Indian Ocean. Slowly, like 
a hawk riding in the heat of the after- 
noon sun the Marine helicopter 
banked towards the waiting vessel 

' The light gray chopper glanced 
once up towards the horizon and for a 
split second the motor-blades sliced 
the sun, blocking the rays. The chop- 
per—a CH-46E Sea Knight— crested 
once above the aqua blue ocean, tilt- 
ed slightly and then landed gently on 
the black and white tarmac of the 
moving ship. 

Quick, systematic motions swung 
the doors of the chopper open. 
Heavy, humid, salted ocean air mixed 
with the pungent aroma of jet fuel and 
heated tar brushed into the cockpit as 
the pilot powered down. The blades 
slowed and from half a dozen spots 

on the flight deck of the ship, men 
and women, superbly trained in their 
tasks ran out with supplies and desig- 
nated duties. A Marine officer 
stepped off the Sea Knight, shoul- 
dered his gear and walked out, com- 
pletely aware of his surroundings, 
knowing every inch of the flight deck 
that had been his home for so many 

Another Marine stepped off, 
adjusted his sunglasses and followed 
the first Without a complaint, as if 
the hundred-degree heat were as cool 
and soothing as a New England 
spring morning, the rest of the 
Marines emptied out of the chopper. 
Their weapons put away, they strolled 
below decks, past corridors filled 
with their comrades. The sound of 
their combat boots against the steel of 
the ship's metal floors was a familiar 

Please see WWII, page 6 


running start 

Outing Club begins the year strong 

BOC Notebook 

Cecily Upton 


It is just the beginning of the 
semester, but the Bowdoin Outing 
Club is already rockin' and rollin*. 
After Pre -Orientation craziness, 
filled with hiking, biking, pad- 
dling, and camping, we sent out 
our first regular trips last week- 

On Saturday, the BOC sent trips 
hiking to Emerald Pool as well as 
a service trip which built and 
repaired mountain bike trails at 
local Bradbury Mountain State 

Two paddling trips also ven- 
tured forth on Saturday, one being 
the Casco Bay Sea Kayak trip, 
which made an epic journey of 14 
miles down the New Meadows 
River to Merritt Island, a satellite 
property of the BOC. 

The Whitewater crew paddled 
on the legendary big water of the 
Kennebec River, where an anony- 
mous Big Mama, dumped her raft 

twice in hopes of recruiting new 
members for the Bowdoin swim 
team. Our Sunday canoe trip also 
headed to the Kennebec, but 
towards the flatter, more tidal sec- 

The weather was beautiful, but 
victimized some of the tripees, 
who neglected to apply as much 
sunscreen as was needed. 

Our fishermen, who also went 
out last Sunday, tried their luck on 
the Fairfield River. While they 
didn't catch as many fish as they 
had hoped, they still had a fantas- 
tic time. 

The trips for this upcoming 
weekend promise to be just as 
spectacular, with two overnights 
and two day trips. 

We are sending a group up to 
Baxter State Park in hopes of 
climbing Mount Katahdin, the 

Please see BOC, page 6 

aboiil the circumstances surrounding 
her sale of the stock u> the SEC 
(Securities and Exchange 

Commission) in an attempt to save 

It may just be me. but it seems a lit- 
tle strange that Martha Stewart is 
b e i n g 
accused of 
these crimes. 
When I think 
of Martha 
Stewart. I 
think ot this 
woman on 
the television 
cither plant- 
ing some- 
thing in an 
already per- 
fect garden 
or in a 
kitchen mak- 
ing some- 
thing that 
looks st) 
good. so 
exquisite that 
if it were 
made of manure I would still eat it 

Martha Stewart isn't exactly the 
type of person that comes lo mind 
when 1 am thinking of insider trading 
and obstruction of justice. When I 
think of insider trading. I think of. for 
example, the Oliver Stone movie Wall 
Stivei, where some hot shot investor is 
taken down on insider trading viola- 
tions. I do not tend to think of a 
woman that has her own home and 
garden show. 

I understand that I may sound a lit- 
tle sexist and stereotypical in my argu- 
ment, but that is because I probably 
am a little of both. However. I would 
not be as shocked if it were almost 
anyone else in this situation. What 
really confuses me is how one can go 
from baking cookies or planting tulips 
on a very popular TV show to serving 
time in the joint. For (hose of you 
who do not think Stewart would not 
go jail because of her celebrity status, 
think again. Obstruction of justice 
and -insider trading are very serious 
crimes. Although Stewart may not 
end up serving 20 years to life in 
Leavenworth, it is more than a possi- 
bility that she might serve some 
amount of jail time if convicted of 
these crimes. 

Maybe I shouldn't be as perplexed 
by this whole situation as I am. After 
all, Stewart is the chairman and chief 
executive of her own company, 
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, 
Inc. However, I do believe she is 
known more for her ability around the 
house than her ability in a board room. 
The funniest thing about Stewart's 
whole situation is that it seems that the 
general public is ready to put her in 
the slammer, even without a trial. It 
sounds as if most people want to 
throw her in a cell and toss away the 

Why out of all the people who have 
committed corporate crimes, does 
Martha Stewart take the majority of 
the attention? It is almost as if the 
general public would find it amusing 
to see someone such as Martha 
Stewart behind bars. I know I would. 

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highest mountain in Maine. 

They hope to summit on 
Saturday, so wish them luck! Our 
flatwater canoe club is also send- 
ing out an overnight to scenic 
Lake Umbagog. 

On Saturday, the Whitewater 
crew will be heading up to the 
Dead River, where we hope the 
big water won't scar too many 

On Sunday, the rock climbers 
will scale their way to the top of 
many faces in the Pawtuckaway 
region While it is too late to sign 
up for these trips, be thinking 
about next weekend (Sat. 9/21- 
Sun. 9/22). 

Our only overnight next week- 
end will be a service and ecology 
trip repairing trails in the northern 
part of Baxter State Park — a beau- 
tiful area and a great way to give 
back to the outdoor community. If 
you have been dying to see Maine 
from the ocean, and not the other 
way around, come sea kayaking 
next Saturday with yours truly. 
With luck, we will have great 
weather and see some amazing 
wildlife, like osprey and harbor 

On Sunday, we have another 
flatwater canoe trip scheduled 
with a mystery destination. Sign 
up sheets will be posted Monday 
morning in the Outdoor 
Leadership Center, our brand-new 
building! Come over to hang out 
and see our fireplace, equipment 
room, and map room. 

The OLC is open from 9a.m. to 
5p.m. every weekday but Tuesday, 
and Sunday to Thursday nights 
from 7p.m. to I lp.m. Remember, 
you must be a member, accom- 
plished by paying $35 yearly dues. 

WWII: An introduction and a memorial 

WWII, from page 5 

tune to the men and women of the 

As the men walked, knowing that 
their training mission had been yet 
another successful one — a training 
mission that would continually make 
them deadlier and more efficient for 
the cause of their country — they felt a 
certain pride that one can know only 
if one has survived the worst places 
on the planet with his fellow com- 
rades. They turned down a hall 
towards their quarters, knowing by 
instinct and routine exactly where 
each room in the ship's organized 
maze lay. One by one they passed a 
plaque bolted with militaristic preci- 
sion and patriotic care to one of the 
ship's walls. On it were words of stir- 
ring power — words of militaristic 
beauty, strong political words used 
over and over again to stir the imagi- 
nations of young men and women to 
fight Beneath the words there was 
also mention of the ship's proud 
name— U.S.S. Peleliu. 

From afar she looks like an odd 
duckling; while not quite a battleship. 
she is also not quite an aircraft carri- 
er. She is in fact an amphibious 
assault ship, capable, like the other 
members of her class, of transporting 
America's best from one hot zone to 
another. Her flight deck is the proud 
base for a wide array of transport and 
fast attack weapons — both choppers 
and aircraft Of the almost three 
thousand crew a large number of 
them are members of the 1 5th Marine 
Expeditionary Unit, proud elite sol- 
diers of a proud and elite army. The 
Peleliu stretches over eight hundred 
feet from stem to stern and displaces 
almost forty thousand tons. 

Closer still to the Peleliu and one 
can see her beauty. Like a great white 
shark in the undisturbed sea, she cuts 

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through the water, knowing full well 
that she is the master of her domain. 
She houses some of the most power- 
ful weapons and the most determined 
men and women in the world. Aside 
from the fact that she is a veteran 
member of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, she 
is also very capable of bringing to any 
corner of the earth's seven seas the 
might and the will of the American 
people. On and below her decks 
thrives a fully functioning city of sol- 
diers and sailors who have come to 
know the taste of the North Pacific in 
the morning air and the sweltering 
heat of her burning sun at the strike of 
noon. She has served many captains 
and many presidents but all along she 
has been the proud bearer of only one 
flag— the Stars and Stripes. From her 
decks members of the armed forces 
staged Operation Enduring Freedom 
and struck a blow for liberty. 

In that recent operation, the land- 
ing craft that were housed beneath 
Peleliu's great mass were not used in 
combat but rather sat, awaiting a time 
when men will have to, once again, 
storm beaches under fire. Since the 
advent of the precision missile, fewer 
opportunities have developed for the 
use of the all out amphibious assault. 
And yet Peleliu's own name links her 
to that form of military strategy 
employed so often at the cost of so * 
many good men in a time of great 

More than one person has won- 
dered where the name "Peleliu" 

comes from. Here, in fact, is where 
the story truly begins. Before there 
was an amphibious assault ship, 
before there was the Marine Corps 
Super Cobra and Sea Knight, before 
there were satellites and laser-guided 
missiles, there were the proud rugged 
men of the First Marine 
Division— "the Old Breed"— who, 
one morning in the fall of 1944, 
stormed a small island on the road to 
the Philippines: the island of Peleliu. 
Today she is not much to look at, 
this once hostile and bloody island. 
She remains a lot like she did in the 
days before the Marines came and 
before the Japanese came. Nature has 
made her stronger, in fact. Her coral 
reefs remain sharpened by the endless 
waves that crash against her sandy 
beaches and her overgrown forests. 
Still here, from the days before man, 
there are ridges and rocks and trees 
that have known no danger. From the 
seashore, instead of the floating, 
decaying bodies of once proud and 
patriotic men, there are crabs that 
crawl up into the coconut forests and 
deeper into the vine covered woods. 
From the beach one can climb slowly, 
trying to avoid the roots of the trees 
that still jut from every direction, 
ready to catch the unaware and the 
unprepared. Slowly the humidity 
rises and even though the light from 
the sun is blocked by the dense brush 
the island heat will soon turn the air 
into a virtual oven. All around there 
are shades of different green — a dis- 

tant reminder of the horrible days 
when shades of red splattered the 
island and the screams of wounded 
and dying men filled the air which 
now ring only with the buzzing of 
flies and mosquitoes. Somewhere 
inland there is a small hill and a rise. 
Above the trees and above the damp, 
soft floor of the forest covered with 
vines and leaves the hill takes you to 
the top where a simple memorial 
marks the men who lost their futures 
on this piece of rock in the South 

There are still remnants of that 
great battle long ago. There are still 
shell casings, masks, Japanese build- 
ings and vehicles, long since 
destroyed and long since adopted by 
the island as shelter for creatures of 
all types. Even the coveted runway, 
which was what brought the Allies to 
this island in the first place, still 
remains, although somewhat ill main- 
tained. Everything that had survived 
the battle seems to be decaying in the 
damp, hot Pacific sun. But above the 
trees and on the hill there is a clearing 
and monument attesting to the valor 
and the memory of the men who did 
not walk away from this engagement. 
There stands amidst the tides of the 
Pacify and rolling hurricanes that 
slash at the island's wind swept 
beaches a granite stone, marking the 
spot where so many brave men fell. 

For the Marines Peleliu was a bad 
memory, but still she was a victory. 
In 1980, decades after the guns of 
World War II had been silenced by 
the sounds of millions of others 
across the conflict-ridden twentieth 
century there was a ceremony once 
again honoring the men who had 
served their country in the hills and 
jungles of Peleliu— the U.S. Armed 
Forces were naming a ship in their 

To be continued. 

Next week: World War II, An 
Introduction, Part II 

The author would like to apologize 
for a spelling mistake throughout last 
year's series on the lives of William 
Pitt Fessenden and Thomas W Hyde. 
The author mispelled Hyde's middle 
name — which is actually 

"Worcester" rather than 

"Worchester" — in numerous articles. 

The Bowdoin Crossword 

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4 Put up 27 

9 Aromas 31 

14 Sea eagle ' 32 

1 5 Money ' s cousin » 

16 Sauerkraut. 33 
informally 34 

17 Spoil 36 

18 _ Arabia 38 

19 Shabby 40 

20 Pouted 42 
22 Building support 43 


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Roman emperor 
Bowed stringed 
Express gratitude to 
Sacred poem 
One's possessions 
Ancient computer 
Type of alcohol 

Day of the wk. 


Swiss-like cheese 


Greek stringed 


Wise Man 


Horse-like animals 

Sheer, triangular scarf 


Fast plane 


Sister's daughter 

East southeast 

Tally marker 

Shades of black 

Container top 


1 Human 

2 Performing group 

3 Disposable horn 

4 Otherwise 

5 Study 

6 Flightless bird 

7 Cow's chow 

8 Clannish 

9 Vegetable 

10 Play 

11 Grain"' 

12 Trail 

13 Pigpen 

21 Complex 

23 Government agency 

25 Trigonometric 

26 Chinese cooking pan 

28 German "Mrs." 

29 Snaky fish 

30 Words per minute 
32 Basin 

35 Movie 200 l's talking 

36 Pops 

37 Outline 

38 Nice needle case 

39 Slough 

40 Can 

41 Flying mammal 

42 Terminal abbr. 

43 Atmosphere 

45 Boxer Muhammad 

46 Using a keyboard 

48 Girl who's always in 

49 Tennis player Andre 

50 Fogged 

52 Moral principles 

56 Candy bar Baby 

57 I Love __ 

58 Dregs 

59 Air blower 

60 The other half of Jima 

61 Jaguar 

63 Mr. 

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September 13, 2002 


Smokers take a hit 

In New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is attempting to curb cig- 
arette smoking. Following in the footsteps of Los Angeles and many 
California counties, the Mayor has proposed a ban on smoke in bars, 
restaurants, pool halls and bowling alleys. While there are many support- 
ers, a large contingency in the Big Apple disagree and insist that 
Bloomberg's proposal challenges their constitutional liberties. 

Barry Mills does not have that problem. President Mills announced in 
a September S email that "smoking is no longer permitted in any college 
building, including all student residence halls, apartments, and the 
College Houses." It is likely that the only opposition he will have is the 
small assembly of campus smokers. Amajority of the Bowdoin popula- 
tion does not smoke and is against first and secondhand contact. 
However, the majority of smokers will not be affected by the school's 
new policy. 

Depending on housing and roommate situations, many will puff away 
without bothering others. Undetected by security, smokers will most like- 
ly continue without change in various social houses (however, many have 
instituted policies of their own), Coles Tower, and the apartments. 

President Mills writes, "College survey data indicate that while very 
few of our students arrive on campus as smokers, a significant number 
become smokers while here." The largest component of his statistic is 
first-years. Here, smokers and non-smokers can be paired together with 
conflicting habits. 

The most important and effective aspect of this new policy is Dudley 
Coe's gratis counseling and "tools for quitting." Nicotine patches are 
readily available after an appointment with the health center staff, a con- 
fidential and highly effective instrument. 

It is important that the college has recognized the great risks of smok- 
ing, not only in thought but materially. Just as safe-sex talks will not pro- 
vide for students already engaging in unprotected intercourse, regulations 
against dormitory smoking will not curb smokers' trends. However, the 
open, advertised availability of proven addiction-breakers can immedi- 
ately affect those trying to quit. 

"Studies show that the number of students who become addicted to cig- 
arettes during their four years at college can be decreased by 40% just by 
making college residence halls smoke-free," said President Mills. It 
would be interesting to concentrate on the value of making freshman halls 
smoke-free as this is the most (and perhaps only) effective area for the 
new rules. Undoubtedly, the pressure on first-years to isolate their habits 
and eventually cease them will influence the trend as they progress 
through their four years here. 


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Defending the social sciences 

To the Editors: 

In his convocation address, 
President Mills exhorted faculty 
as well as students to seek out 
knowledge in disciplines other 
than their own. The need for 
such interaction was uninten- 
tionally, but vividly, displayed 
in the speech given by physics 
professor Madeline Msall. 

In her speech, Professor Msall 
claimed that differences in 
human behavior, in part because 
they are multidetermined and 
cannot lead to concrete "laws," 
are inappropriate for scientific 

What Professor Msall failed 
to acknowledge is that it is 
exactly this complexity that 
motivates social and behavioral 
scientists. By insinuating that 
social and behavioral scientists 
do not adhere to the model of 
building theoretical hypotheses 
and generating strong tests of 
their predictions, Professor 
Msall indicated a lack of under- 
standing of our fields. 

At best, these comments were 
careless. At worst, they consti- 
tuted a severe criticism of the 
work conducted by a quarter of 
her colleagues at Bowdoin. It is 
true that an individual's deci- 
sion regarding how to act in a 
given situation is determined by 
a multitude of forces. 

Genetic, chemical, and physi- 
ological factors play roles, as 
do characteristics of the situa- 
tion, cognitive processes, and 
the developmental history of the 

In their classes, the develop- 
mental psychologists in our 
department encourage students 
to move beyond the false 
dichotomy of nature versus nur- 
ture implicated in Professor 
Msall's argument, to appreciate 

the interdependent and recipro- 
cal ways/^in which biological 
and environmental processes act 
together to determine behavior. 

Such an approach, involving 
collaboration between the natu- 
ral, social, and behavioral sci- 
ences, lends strong insight into 
the human experience. 

Professor Msall's comments 
regarding the social and behav- 
ioral sciences were especially 
surprising, since she noted early 
in her speech that following the 
scientific method holds promise 
for conquering problems such as 
racism and poverty. 

Through the use of scientific 
methodology, economics pro- 
fessors at Bowdoin predict the 
responses of consumers, gov- 
ernment professors at Bowdoin 
enhance our legislature's ability 
to evaluate policy to alleviate 
social ills, and sociology pro- 
fessors at Bowdoin study 
processes critical in the design 
of programs to combat racism 
and sexism. 

Because a primary purpose of 
her speech was to encourage 
female undergraduates to con- 
sider careers in science, it is 
particularly troubling that she 
chose to dismiss fields in which 
the numbers and prominence of 
women equal or surpass men. 

By suggesting that scientists 
are defined by whether or not 
they wear white coats. Professor 
Msall did a disservice to the 
legions of psychologists, sociol- 
ogists, economists, political sci- 
entists, and anthropologists who 
happen to be women. 

If her goal was simply to 
encourage young women to 
study the natural sciences, then 
it seems to us that the social and 
behavioral sciences need not 
have been mentioned by her at 
all, or at least not discussed in a 

pejorative way. Paradoxically. 
Professor Msall asserted that 
social forces have played a 
strong role in discouraging 
young women who show prom- 
ise in science from fulfilling 
this potential. 

Presumably. Professor Msall 
arrived at this belief through 
her (perhaps limited and selec- 
tive) exposure to social science. 

It is equally ironic that she 
used the science of cognitive 
psychology to put forth her 
claims about the nature of 
everyday problem solving with 
all the conviction that this sci- 
ence warrants. Thus. Professor 
Msall appears to dismiss, or at 
best diminish, behavioral sci- 
ence while at the same time 
using findings from this science 
to support her thesis. It would 
have been helpful if Professor 
Msall had. at the outset of her 
talk, put forth her formal and 
explicit definition of science 

If, as she suggested, her crite- 
ria of scientific inquiry include 
the ability to generate universal 
causal laws and to predict with 
one hundred percent certainty 
the outcome of any individual 
case, then we are left to wonder 
whether many areas of inquiry 
in biology, chemistry, and even 
physics meet her criteria. 

Psychology Department 

Professor Barbara Held 
Professor Suzanne Lovett 
Professor Sam Putnam 
Professor Louisa Slowiaczek 


Professor Seth Ramus 
Professor Rick Thompson 
Professor Jennifer Yates 

To the Editors: 

Consider medical diagnostic 
tests. Though few are 100 per- 
cent accurate, they still help us 
find hidden medical problems. 

Sensitivity measures how. 
often such tests give correct 
warnings. A test with 80 per- 
cent sensitivity correctly iden- 
tifies 80 of every 100 people 
who have the medical problem. 
But we also hope to avoid 
falsely "diagnosing" people 
who are problem-free. 
Specificity measures how often 
tests produce negative 
results, among problem-free 
people. Clearly, useful tests 
are both sensitive and specific. 

Here's a puzzle. Suppose a 
symptom-free virus appears 
among 10 percent of adults; the 
corresponding test has 80 per- 
cent sensitivity and 80 percent 

When someone receives a 
positive test result, what is her 
true probability of having the 
virus: 30 percent? 57 per»- 
cent? 80 percent? This puzzle 
relates to work done by several 
groups of scientists. Medical 
researchers who develop diag- 
nostic tests qualify, as do epi- 
demiologists who track 
pathogens across populations. 

Physicians using diagnostic 
tests in clinical practice func- 
tion, in some ways, as scien- 

Social and behavioral scien- 
tists also qualify. In studying 
how people interpret test 
results, they pursue the same 
fundamental scientific goal 
Professor Msall described in 
her Convocation address: find- 
ing general laws that explain 
observed regularities of events. 

Social and behavioral scien- 
tists also use the same intellec- 
tual tools any scientist uses: 
logic, open procedure, obser- 
vation and measurement, con- 
trolled experimentation, spe- 
cialized language, and mathe- 

To be sure, we go about our 
tasks in distinctive ways. Few 
observers would mistake basic 
economics for basic psycholo- 
gy, either field for physics, nor. 
any of these fields for epidemi- 
ology or medicine. But beyond 
particularities, our fields 
embrace in common the 
methodology of science, and 
for the same reason: because it 

Psychologists recently pre- 
sented the virus puzzle to sev- 
eral samples. 77 percent of 
undergraduates answered 

incorrectly. So did 50 percent 
of senior scientists at the 
National Institutes of Health. 
So did 68 percent of practicing 

Disturbing findings such as 
these lead social scientists to 
work hard — really hard — 
studying human reasoning, and 
through theory formulation and 
hypothesis testing, finding its 

In fact, social and behavioral 
sciences study all domains of 
human affairs. Why? 

Because behavior has impor- 
tant consequences: who wants 
to hear she has an 80 percent 
chance of carrying a virus, 
when the true probability is 30 

But we also are inspired by 
the abundance of fascinating, 
accessible questions about the 
human condition. 

Slowly but surely, through 
research guided by the princi- 
ples of science, we find 
answers. You are welcome to 
join us. 


Paul Schaffner 
Psychology Department 


8 September 13, 2002 

Tragedy demands 
personal reflection 

Living with the horror of an event that 
still seems distant and unreal — and the 
personal changes that follow... 


The Bowdoin Orient 

Genevieve Creedon 

Staff Writer 

I remember last year. It was about 
this time, eight in the morning, when 
I read an email from my brother, an 
NYU student whose room faced the 
Twin Towers. 

He had seen a plane fly into one of 
the towers. That was all he had writ- 
ten, and I hadn't believed him 
because I thought it would be all over 
the news, but it hadn't yet hit the 

By the time this article is pub- 
lished we will be several days past 
the year anniversary. We will all have 
figured out how to conduct ourselves 
today — how to observe the solemni- 
ty without repeating too much of the 

Maybe this will sound ridiculous, 
but the only thing I really want to do 
today is take a shower. Because I did- 
n't lake one last year. I forgot. 

Of course, our emotions and reac- 
tions last year were new. fresh, and 

Now. we remember, when we do, 
that an event has altered the world 
and our lives, but have we changed? 
Have you changed? 

It is a question I have played and 
replayed in my head since I returned 
to campus, and I don't know the 
answer, though it is important to me. 
I know I have to change. 

My life has to change, but I don't 
yet know how. in the same way that I 
didn't really know how to feel last 
year, as I watched planes fly into 
buildings on a screen. 

I can't sit in front of a TV for long 
these days. 1 get frustrated, feel as if 
it is a waste of trine. Watching 
staged, unreal lives flash before me 
has simply lost what little appeal it 

had ever had. • 

And I think maybe September 11 
is all about reality, about different 
realities and changing our concep- 
tions and perceptions of what is real, 
because for so many of us, that day 
still feels unreal, and maybe it is in 
all ways but one — the way we allow 
ourselves to think about it. I hated 
the summer, because every conversa- 

I hated the summer, 
because every conver- 
sation I had involved 
talking about that 
day, but not really 
talking about it, just 
glossing it over with 
the "wasn't it awful" 
comments. ' 

tion I had involved talking about that 
day, but not really talking about it, 
just glossing it over with the "wasn't 
it awful" comments. And those com- 
ments make it distant, established, 
static, and as far as I am concerned, 
September 1 1 is none of those things. 
It is real. It is conflicted. It is poetry. 

1 think of how the poet Kenneth 
Rexroth defined poetry as a "sacra- 
mental relationship that lasts 
always." I didn't want this article to 
be about September 1 1. 1 wanted it to 
be about change, about changing 
reality and our relationship to it, but I 
don't know how else to say it 

I want September 1 1 to continue to 
shower down on me, to shock me, to 
cause me pain, to alter me. I want it 
to be my "sacramental relationship" 
to reality. 

Playing the blame game 

Alex Duncan 


An overdone blame game. It 
seems to me that in many ways that's 
what politics has deteriorated to, or 
maybe always has been. My more 
serious attention to the happenings 
of Washington D.C. is a relatively 
new development, maybe three years 
old, so I can't really comment on the 
early 90s, and certainly not on the 
80s and before. 

Sure, in high school I knew my 
senators and representatives, and 
engaged in the typical between-the- 
bells hallway banter, but I can't say 
that it was much more than the repe- 
tition of what I'd heard on TV the 
night before, or perhaps at the dinner 

I guess it's possible that my polit- 
ical knowledge these days is 
actually only a little more 
extensive than in my high 
school years, though I'd like 
to think that I'm a little 
more tuned in to happen- 
ings, being a government 
major and all. And to be 
honest, given the way that I 
see our beloved elected offi- 
cials interact, . I can't help but feel 
more and more politically capable. I 
mean, I can point my finger at some- 
one else too. But the blame game is 
not limited to the suites of 
Washington, it's all of us. 

The person who says 9/11 was 
someone in Washington D.C.'s fault 
is usually of the opposite political 
affiliation. An interesting example 
(though certainly not altogether rep- 
resentative, just humorous and 
telling at the same time) was the 
talkative New York City cabbie who 
(besides having the distinction of 
speaking comprehensible English), 
told me that if Bill Clinton had been 
in power on that crisp September 
morning, "then there would have 
been no attacks, I am sure of it." 

Yes, of course, because Clinton's 
administration showed superior anti- 
terrorist tendencies in hurling a vol- 
ley of missiles Sudan ami 
Afghanistan's way following the 

bombing of US embassies in Africa, 
apparently hitting little other than 
fine dust. 

But others apparently agree, 
including some at the often left-lean- 
ing Time magazine, which published 
a story implying that if the Bush 
administration had only taken more 
seriously the Clinton plan for rid- 
ding the world of Osama bin Laden 
and A I Qaeda, then we all would 
have been spared the horrors of that 
day. However, in reality there's 
nothing particular to say that the 
Bush administration didn't give the 
Clinton plans due attention. In fact it 
seems that they were on course to 
move on the plan, but bureaucratic 
tape got in the way, and that's hardly 
unique to one side of the aisle or the 

To allow political accusations to rule 
governmental and policy conversations 
and drown out more relevant and benefi- 
cial information is not only an incredible 
waste of time and breath, it's counter- 
productive and potentially dangerous. 

Of course, some on the right say 
that had a Republican been in power 
during Clinton's final term, 
September 11 would have been 
avoided, that the events of that day 
were, as one conservative columnist 
wrote recently, entirely the fault of 
Clinton's administration and more 
specifically, of Secretary of State 
Madeline Albright and her depart- 
ment. Oh, that's it? 

So if Colin Powell or any other 
republican appointee had been nes- 
tled in the State Department, then all 
would have been fine? 

So then I guess American voters 
are somewhat to blame, because we 
didn't have the foresight in 1996 to 
see that 19 Islamic crazies would 
crash jetliners into the Twin Towers, 
the Pentagon, and the Pennsylvania 
countryside, and didn't subsequently 
vote Dole, right? 

Then there's the entire corporate 
scandal issue that has the blame 

birds out and the market down who 
knows how many points since the 
noun "Enron" first entered our 
vocabularies. To paraphrase some, 
"Ken Lay and the rest of the gang's 
crimes must be Clinton's fault, 
because the book cooking took place 
when he was still jn power!" Or: 
"Bush is responsible because he was 
President when they were discov- 
ered!" I for one think it's rather 
unfortunate that Bush has to deal 
with these issues, because as John 
Stewart of Daily Show renown said, 
"George Bush lecturing on corporate 
responsibility is like a leper giving a 
facial." But the fact is that Dubya's 
not responsible for the WorldComs 
and the Martha Stewarts of the 
world. The greedy execs themselves, 
who apparently need $6,000 shower 
curtains, are to blame. 

It's not my intent to 
make light of these recent 
happenings. They've 
greatly affected large 
numbers of Americans, in 
addition to others across 
the globe, and those peo- 
ple certainly have a right 
to probe for answers. I 
obviously hope that we 
take strides to ensure that these 
things don't occur again (I think 
we've already started), and try even 
harder to head off future events 
before they can reap their toll, be it 
terrorism, financial loss, or other- 
wise. I also am not implying that 
political parties are by themselves 
detrimental. Parties and affiliations 
have a major role in our government, 
the essential one of balancing power. 
But to allow political accusations 
to rule governmental and policy con- 
versations and drown out more rele- 
vant and beneficial information is 
not only an incredible waste of time 
and breath, it's counterproductive 
and potentially dangerous. If we're 
too busy griping about which politi- 
cal affiliation or party was to blame 
in the past, how will we ever get to 
bipartisan prevention in the future? 
The solutions to the issues of today 
lie not to our right or left, but 
straight ahead. 

le Bowdoin Orient 


September 13, 2002 

aghdad must fall 

Patrick Rockefeller 

Staff Writer 

One of my favorite columnists, 
Jonah Goldberg, wrote a while back 
about how Cato the Elder, a Roman 
statesman, ended his speeches before 
the Senate with "Carthargo Delenda 
Est," or Carthage Must Fall, referring 
to Rome's greatest menace. Today, it 
is Baghdad Delenda Est. 

The logic behind this is simple, but 
keep in mind "simple" should not 
always be the dismissal the French 

We know Saddam 
Hussein has developed 
weapons of mass 
destruction, including 
biological and chemi- 
cal weapons. 

think it should. Indeed, we can see 
the necessity of acting now based on 
what we know and the consequences 
of those facts. 

We know Saddam Hussein has 
developed weapons of mass destruc- 
tion, including biological and chemi- 
cal weapons. 

We know that he still has stock- 
piles of these weapons. We know that 
he has used these weapons against 
fellow Iraqis: the Kurdish people in 
northern Iraq, now protected by the 
UN-imposed and U.S. and British 
enforced no-fly zones. 

We therefore know that he is will- 
ing to use these weapons again. 

We know from defectors, from 
intelligence gatherings, from his own 
relatives, and from his own state- 
ments that Hussein is attempting to 
produce nuclear weapons, and that 
given time, he will. 

We know that he has a long histo- 
ry of regional aggression, and has 
made no secret of his hate for 
America, the West, and particularly 

Therefore, it stands to reason that 
America must act now — we must act 
preemptively in order to eliminate 
this threat before Hussein has devel- 
oped nuclear capabilities. 

If America allows Hussein to 
develop such weapons, Hussein will 
be allowed to run unchecked in the 
region, could collaborate with terror- 
ist groups to smuggle nukes into 
American and European cities, and 
could launch a nuclear missile at 
Israel if we were to act against him. 

Critics argue that America should 
only act with allied support We have 
allied support. tyc have Tony Blair's 
Britain, and Ariel Sharon's Israel 
backing us. 

Frankly, few other countries have 
the military capability to help us, and 
therefore, we would simply be look- 
ing for their approval. We have good 
reason not to trust that we would get 
many other countries' approval. 

For example, France has many 
economic ties with Iraq, and has in 
fact been one of their biggest military 
suppliers since the fall of the 
USSR — this includes defense sys- 
tems and jets. Fortunately, the 
French have never been very good at 
defense. The possibility of losing 
those economic ties could cloud their 

Russia is in another compromising 
situation. They wish to develop 
strong ties with Iraq, economic, 
political, and otherwise. 

They know they would be better 
off with a different political system 
in place, but understand that if they 
back U.S. -led attacks and the U.S. 
does not finish the job (4 la 1991), 
then they will have gained a new 
enemy they did not have before. 

A third reason not to wait for 
approval or support is that countries 
that attack Iraq may become targets 
of terror themselves. The U.S., 
Israel, and Britain are familiar with 
terrorist attacks and therefore have 
less to lose. But other countries, 
many with large unassimilated 
Muslim populations, could face 
unrest at home if they pursue actions 

Many allies say they will support 
us if we can prove that Iraq has 
nuclear weapons but not before. 

This is ridiculous. If anything, 
fewer allies will back us if they know 
their troops may be subject to nukes. 

Some argue that this would be a 
"new kind" of war — a war against a 
regime that has not directly attacked 
America or been regionally aggres- 

America has a moral 
obligation to preempt 
threats to its citizens 
and allies. 

sive. They conclude that this makes 
the war unjustified. 

They are wrong. 

Preemption may be a new 
American defense strategy, but that 
does not make it an unjust tactic. 
Rather, America has a moral obliga- 
tion to preempt threats to its citizens 
and allies. 

To say otherwise is to claim that 
we must always wait for evil to strike 
first and only after innocents have 
died may we act 

Had we known in the first week of 
September 2001 what was planned 
for the 11th would we have waited? 

Had we known the Japanese Fleet 
was headed for Pearl Harbor, would 
we not have preemptively attacked? 

We waited and watched as Hitler 
annexed the Rhineland, but it was not 
until he raped Poland that Britain and 
France entered the fray. It was years 
later before the US joined. How 
many lives could have been saved 
through preemption? 

Baghdad Delenda Est. 

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Scott Simon recently mentioned 
on NPR's "Weekend Edition" that 
American popular culture has revert- 
ed to its pre-9/Il fascination with 
superficiality. Anyone who has 
recently been to Shop 'N Save knows 
that the popular magazines seem 
enamored with Matthew Perry's 
struggle out of rehab, 
Oprah's apparent 
weight gain, and the 
news that Lance 
Bass will, at least for 
now, remain earth- 

A year ago it was thought that the 
sooner we got back to our tabloid 
fascinations or popular diversions, 
the easier it would be to cope with 
the stark horror that was September 
1 1, 2001. In the weeks that followed 
9/11, many social commentators 
thought we could gauge our national 
health by the amount of time it took 
for us to start caring again about 
comedy, music, movies, and sports. 

When President Bush threw out 
the first pitch at Yankee Stadium 
prior to Game 3 of the World Series, 
he confirmed that baseball was not 
only our national pastime, but also 
that it could serve as national therapy 
in times of severe crisis and uncer- 
tainty. Following 9/11 we were uni- 
fied as a country. Flags lined our 
streets, people gave blood, thousands 
of young men and women volun- 
teered for the Armed Forces, The 
Peace Corps, Teach for America, and 
other service organizations. The 
Congress voted overwhelmingly to 
give the President military authority 
in Afghanistan where we have since 
defied all expectations in rebuilding 
that country. 

In the early months after 9/11, we 
made every necessary attempt to 
ensure that another attack would not 
happen again. National Guard troops 


patrolled our airports, F-16s were on 
call to thwart another hijacking, and 
we maintained our resolve even in 
the face of biological attacks. 

Passengers also aided an airline 
crew to stop "shoe bomber" Richard 
Reid as he intended to blow up a 
transcontinental flight. As a nation 
we appeared ready and willing to 
engage in a permanent "war on ter- 

We have become too complacent — too willing to 
step back into our comfortable, hermetically - 
sealed, climate-controlled "September 10" world. 

Yet I worry today that our spirit is 

We have become too compla- 
cent — too willing to step back into 
our comfortable, hermetically 
sealed, climate-controlled 
"September 10" world. Our determi- 
nation to do everything possible to 
protect ourselves has diminished. 

Just this week, the Senate finally 
passed a law permitting pilots to 
carry handguns in the cockpit. The 
delay surrounding this basic step in 
bolstering airline security defies 

Though I understand concerns 
about the security of the gun and the 
risk of a bullet puncturing the plane's 
wall, there is no doubt that a gun in 
the cockpit would have delayed if not 
outright thwarted the 9/1 1 hijackings. 

As an airline pilot friend of mine 
told me, every passenger trusts his 
life to the pilot when he steps on 
board an aircraft. So why wouldn't 
he trust a pilot (who probably has 
military training) to use a gun prop- 

There is much reason to be con- 
cerned about the stale of airline secu- 
rity, and that concern is not only in 
the cockpit, but also before one even 
boards the aircraft. Last week. The 
New York Daily News sent reporters 

onto planes in eleven different air- 
ports, including Logan Airport and 
Washington Dulles airport (both air- 
ports from which 9/11 hijacked 
flights departed), to measure^the 
effectiveness of airport security. 
Regrettably, these latter-day "muck- 
rackers" successfully smuggled 
knives, boxcutters. and other ver- 
boten devices onto the plane. 

Instead of admitting the mistake 
and improving 
security, the feds 
are threatening to 
prosecute the 

reporters for violat- 
ing security proce- 
Though it is unlikely that Al- 
Qaeda will strike again in the exact 
same manner as they did a year ago, 
it is still imperative that we make 
every effort and take every precau- 
tion to keep our skies safe. 
Demonstrating effective security 
serves as a deterrent to all forms of 
terrorism, not just attacks on air- 
planes. We are loathe to forget that 
Osama Bin Laden felt safe in pursu- 
ing the attacks on 9/11 because he 
sensed weakness in our resolve to 
fight back. 

Ensuring that sensitive points in 
our national infrastructure arc secure 
is perhaps the most peaceful method 
in which we can combat terrorism. It 
is reactive and not preemptive; it pro- 
tects us without harming innocent 

That is why we as a people should 
be especially outraged that our coun- 
try is failing such basic security tests. 
The recent arrest of a couple in 
Germany planning to bomb a mili- 
tary base on September II. 2002, 
should show us that there are still 
people in the world who want to 
harm us. It is our duty as a country to 
keep ourselves safe, if for no better 
reason than to preserve our right to 
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Do we still value politics? 


Melissa Hudson 


With America's War on Terrorism, 
nasty corporate scandals, and the 
election of 2000 in the back of every- 
one's mind, it is not surprising to 
find that a recent Harvard study on 
the attitudes of college students done 

Young people do 
care, but they don't 
see the connection 
between what they 
see happening in 
their communities 
and what they see 
happening in our 

by Erin Ashwcll (et al), showed that 
of the students currently enrolled in 
college 69 percent believe that com- 
munity volunteerism is the best way 
to address national problems; only 
27 percent believe in the power of 
political engagement. 

In the last presidential race, this 
was obvious, with the lowest turnout 
of 18 to 24 year-olds in the history of 
presidential elections. 

This is a staggering statistic, con- 
sidering people in this age bracket 
make up one third of the eligible vot- 
ing population. 

Those who crunch these numbers 
have concluded that members of the 
millennia] generation just don't care 
about the issues that plague our 

They have written us off as dead 
weight to our civic society. Their 
sentiments are well taken but egre- 

giously flawed. 

Members of the millennial genera- 
tion volunteer at higher rates than 
any other generation, including those 
of the greatest generation. 

This strange phenomenon of 
beliefs is known to most as the "serv- 
ice gap". 

Almost 90 percent of college stu- 
dents believe that volunteering in the 
community is more productive than 
political involvement. 

Young people today do care, but 
they don't see the connection 
between what they see happening in 
their communities and what they see 
happening in our capital. 

The connections between politics 
and community have been hidden 
from clear view, and because of this, 
' many of today's youth have lost faith 
in our political system. This is a dan- 
gerous situation for us all. 

The reality is that every bit of 
community service that is performed 
by this generation is specifically 
linked to a piece of public policy 
made by those who either don't care, 
who are led by their own special 
interest, or those who have lost their 
original idealism to fight for social 

As a generation that obviously 
cares about the condition of our 
nation, we must step up and lead it 
into a new era of leadership. 

Where are all the real politicians? 
I would argue that they are working 
for your local non-profit organiza- 
tion, homeless shelter, or clothes 

They are the ones on your colege 
campus who can't seem to sit still on 
the issues that affect our greater soci- 

This generation is not short on 
concern or leadership and is able to 

lead our nation further. This is made 
obvious through organizations like 
AmeriCorps, City Year, and most 
specifically United Leaders. 

United Leaders's sole mission is to 
"inspire our generation, the 
Millennial, to pursue honorable 
careers in political service by involv- 
ing them in politics as a means for 
social change." 

They aspire to connect 18-24 year 
olds with the tools, resources, sup- 
port, and network necessary for them 
pursue careers in political service. 

Their goal is to inspire a genera- 
tion of United Leaders dedicated to 
revitalizing American politics." 

Once barriers of entry into poli- 
tics, such as those that are financial 
and our own generational disen- 

Where are all the 
real politicians? I 
would argue that 
they are working 
for your local non- 
profit organization, 
homeless shelter, 
or clothes closet. 

chantment, for young, virtuous lead- 
ers is addressed and eliminated 
through groups such as this, then we 
will be able to tell those who are 
truly motivated to bring about 
change from those whose motives 
are to promote self and special inter- 

However, until the time arises 
when we can see our political leaders 
for what they really are, I have this 
one special request: will all the real 
politicians please stand up? 


What's the best thing about the 

start of the year? 

Allison Benton '03 

"I get to hang out 

with Sarah Cheng 


Eric Worthing '05 

"Christmas...! mean, 
WBOR goes back on 

the air/ 

Noelle Daly '05' 

"Garbanzo beans at 
the salad bar... they're 

Matt Loosigian '03 

Bob McKenzie 

'Canadian beer/ 


just so cute. 

fe' k-M 

Ryan Walsh-Martel '03 

"I get to watch J. P. 
Box go a little bit cra- 

Evan Kohn '06 
'Popham Beach." 

Andy Keshner '03 

'New crop of chicks/ 


Doug McKenzie 

Kyle Staller '04 
"Festive Chicken." 



Jamie Salsich 

The Bowdoin Orient 

r- /\kIo and 


September 13, 2002 11 

Goats, first-year portraits, and a giant— 

Maia-Christina Lee 

Orient Staff 

If you've been on the Bowdoin 
quad since the semester began, 
you've probably noticed the presence 
of something new (and no, it's not 
because the cross country team is 
doing more midnight laps). Lining 
the inside of the fishbowl on the first 
floor of the VAC is a graphic combi- 
nation of black and white images that 
comprise a new mural: "Dedicated to 
our mothers." 

Designed by senior art majors 
Todd Forsgren and Eric Legris, the 
mural features naked figures in a 
variety of poses and sizes combined 
with animals and randomly selected 
portraits taken from none other than 
the freshman face book. 

Though these images easily 
demand the attention of any passer- 
by, their meaning is a bit more diffi- 
cult to discern. "We enjoy the fact 
that the murals are cryptic," said Eric 
of his work. "We want people to 
bring their own interpretations to the 
paintings. We don't think it's impor- 
tant to define them absolutely." 

With the hopes of maintaining an 
open space in which to interpret their 
murals, Eric and Todd were reluctant 
to specify much further on the source 
of their inspiration. However, they 
did tell me that the murals reflect a 
certain mythology: a combination of 
art historical references, mythical 
figures, and the Bowdoin experience 
in general. These ideas work in con- 
junction with a desire to welcome 
first-year students to campus. 

"The freshmen are a fresh popula- 
tion of students," said Eric, "and we 
hope that they won't feel constrained 
by a somewhat conservative campus. 
Our mural is a little more provoca- 
tive than other things in the fish 
bowl. It has a lot of passion and 
that's a metaphor for what we feel the 
Bowdoin community can offer." 

The idea for the mural, which was 
started before classes began this fall, 
grew organically out of Eric and 

Todd's collaborative work while on 
campus this summer. Eric had been 
studying the figure while Todd had 
been modeling for some local artists. 
They were both interested in painting 
the figure and began with that idea in 

After getting permission to design 
the mural by Professor Mark Wethli 
of the visual arts department, Eric 
and Todd began to brainstorm ideas 
for something that would grab the 
attention of incoming first-years and 
upperclassmen alike. However, 

. Karsten Moran, Bowdoin Orient 

flothing was planned absolutely. 
Besides completing some prelimi- 
nary sketches, Eric and Todd worked 
mostly from the mural itself, adjust- 
ing it as it grew larger and became 
more detailed. "It incorporates the 
image of a Greek pot," they told me, 
"and anything can go on a Greek 

As for the sexual nature of the 
paintings, Eric and Todd did not 
intend them to have shock value. 
However, they did admit that they 
had gotten plenty of wild responses 

to their work. "So far our best critics 
have been kids biking by and saying 
things like 'that is some messed up 
animal sex,'" explained Todd. 

Ironically, most of the Bowdoin 
students that have approached Eric 
and Todd about the mural have been 
less distressed by the sexual content 
than by the idea of painting first-year 
faces on a wall that occupies such a 
prominent position in the center of 

"If I came to campus as a freshmen 
this year and saw my own face up on 
a wall I would probably think it was 
pretty weird," said Bethany Dittmar 
'03. However, if your face does 
appear on the wall, do not worry. 
Eric and Todd assured me that the 
faces were picked randomly. 

"We chose pictures that had good 
composition. Sometimes we needed 
someone looking to the right or to the 
left because that would lead the 
viewer's eyes more deeply into the 
mural. We also tended to choose peo- 
ple who looked like they had submit- 
ted quintessential high school gradu- 
ation pictures. In addition, we want- 
ed photographs that had good resolu- 

Eric and Todd also invited other 
artists to help them complete the por- 
trait section of the mural. Donating 
their hands and talents to the efforts 
were seniors Alex Noznick and 
Lauren Adams. "We wanted to get 
different styles involved," said Eric. 
However, no matter how many dif- 
ferent styles and talents are featured 
in the fishbowl, their marks upon its 
walls are temporary. In three weeks 
the mural will be painted over and 
the presence of all brushwork will 
disappear as room is made for new 

So, if you happen to take a gander 
from Pickard to the tower in the next 
couple weeks, be sure to stop by 
while the mural is still there. It may 
be a long time before anything in the 
fishbowl hangs quite like this. 

Summer movies: three thumbs down 


M6nica Guzman 
Orient Staff 

Well, we had quite a summer, did- 
n't we? Vicious heat waves, econom- 
ic bad behavior, and of course the 
usual barrage of stupid summer 
movies. Unfortunately, the audi- 
ences continue to consume this bub- 
bly, pointless, summer slush faster 
than a buttery bag of popcorn. And 
for what, I ask you, for what? 

For recycled ideas and mindless 
sequels that Hollywood can get away 
with because we just keep paying to 
see them. 

This summer was full of mostly 
forgettable flicks and I won't waste 
my time talking about those because, 
well, I've forgotten them. But I am 
going to talk about the summer films 
that stay with you (even if it's for all 
the wrong reasons). There's no way I 
could do all of them justice, but 
here's a few good examples. 

Scooby-Doo was the first truly 
mindless summer blockbuster. I've 

always had respect for the cartoon, 
but who in the world thought of put- 
thing it on the big screen? Not a 
shred of this movie made sense. The 
cast was made up of. teeny hopper 
allstars who, regardless of their 
accalaimed acting skills, seemed to 
have some trouble working with a 

idea. Men in Black was really funny- 
Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones 
looked like they had fun doing it. 
But here. Tommy looks like he's 
ready to kill himself. Maybe it's 
because he realized at some point 
during production that release of the 

"Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course" is the flick 
based on Australian madman Steve Irwin's misadven- 
tures. Whose bright idea was it to have this guy act? 

blue-screen animated dog. Perhaps 
they were thrown off because it 
looked about as real as the Pillsbury 

Now we move to a colorful sequel 
which also happens to double as this 
year's bad Will Smith movie. There 
was something eerily un-patriotic 
about releasing Men in Black 2 on 
Independence Day weekend. Burger 
King's MIB Happy Meal toys kept 
me more entertained than this. And 
again, I had respect for the original 

film might ruin his career. 

Animal Planet had a quick-serve 
movie idea up its sleeve this summer 
too. Crocodile Hunter: Collision 
Course is the flick based on 
Australian madman Steve Irwin's 
misadventures. Whose bright idea 
was it to have this guy act? I 
would've accepted some documen- 
tary style film, but of course that did- 
n't make it onto the big screen. What 
did make it onto the big screen was a 
makeshift plot in which (I can barely 

even write it) Steve Irwin saves the 
world. Now that is just ridiculous. 

I know what you're thinking: what 
about Spiderman and Star Wars: 
Episode 2? My answer to you is this: 
May isn't summer yet. Those don't 
really count. And then you'll say, 
what about Minority Report, Road to 
Perdition, and Signs? And I'll say, 
yeah, Iirgtve-you those. Any or all 
of those three may be up for Best 
Picture. But three in three months is 
bad. Real bad. 

Perhaps the only redeeming factor 
about the summer movie season is 
getting to see the trailers for the fall 
movies -the good fall movies which 
we hope will totally rule. 

So, as your life gets more hectic, 
remember that the movies only get 
better. They're out there for two rea- 
sons: to entertain you and to enlight- 
en you. And I'm here to let you know 
which movies do that and to what 
degree-and if the outcome is worth 
your precious time and money then 
stay tuned. 


Kerry Elson 

Staff Writer 

Non-Maincrs will embrace Este's 
Lobster House on Bailey Island for the 
authentic Maine experience it brings 
to dining. The young Bulgarian couple 
who work behind the counter probably 
feel the working experience is not only 
specifically Maine-esquc but also 
American. While diners arc ordering 
the night's sustenance, they arc also 
ordering a slice of Maine: each swal- 
low of luscious lobster meat is a con- 
sumption of culture and environment. 

Este's setting is appealing: the 
restaurant's wooden structure over- 
looks a lobster boat marina and stands 
beside a small, charming motel. The 
salty air crystallizes in nostrils as 
patrons walk from their parked cars to 
the front counter. Aquatic rescue 
equipment graces the outer walls of 
the house, just in case anyone drowns 
in glorious Maine smells and tastes. 

Patrons order their food at the front 
counter. A petite Bulgarian student 
describes the offerings: lobster, had- 
dock, steamed mussels, and other 
marine delicacies. Fish may be 

The buttery tail meat 
dominated the plates 
upon which the heavy 
shellfish lay. Meat was 
everywhere; the white 
flesh could hardly be 

ordered broiled or fried. Side dishes 
include coleslaw, trench fries, and 
com on the cob. Este's also offers soft 
drinks and numerous beer selections. 
After placing their order, diners find a 
seat at one of the restaurant's many 
checker-topped tables. 

Perhaps the most appealing aspect 
of the Este's dining experience is the 
amount of fine food patrons recieve 
for their money. Three medium-sized 
or two large lobsters cost just 20 dol- 
lars. This ferocious foodie kids the 
reader not. Could that possibly be the 
lowest fresh lobster pi ice in New 
England? Or at least Maine? 

Just because Este's patrons pay fru- 
gal prices doesn't mean, however, that 
they have to eat mangy lobster. This 
foodie's dining companions, one of 
which is a lobster fiend, had never 
before tasted such decadent lobster. 
The buttery tail meat dominated the 
plates upon which the heavy shellfish 
lay. Meat was everywhere; the white 
flesh could hardly be contained, and 
these diners devoured it with gusto. 
Thank goodness they were wearing 

When this foodie's feast was fin- 
ished, she carried herself to the car, 
took a breather and exclaimed "I shall 
never eat another lobster again! I shall 
not see another in my lifetime, I prom- 
ise you that, co-diners!" And she has- 
n't since. But that doesn't mean that the 
consumption of the lobster wasn't an 
exquisite experience while it lasted. 



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Arts and Entertainment 

The Bowdoin Orient 

Professor John Bisbee exhibits his art in Soho gallery 

Sara Bodnar 

Staff Writer 

So what's all the fuss about? Can 
three one-ton sculptures of welded 
12-inch spikes really attract that 
much attention'' 

Apparently they can. Art in 
America. The New Yorker, Art 
forum, and Sculpture/Modern 

Forum were Ihere, .is wtn i host of 
Bowdoin alums and (acuity On 
•\ujuisi 28, al the Plane Space 
Gallery m New Yoik City, an exhibit 
featuring the artwork of John Bisbcc 

opened in Soho. The show will last 
until Octobei 4 at I gallery that is run 
b) Bowdoin grads Chad McDermid 
and Bryson Bredie 

Plane Space is not the onl> gallery 
to have displayed Btcfaee's creations 
The seulploi lias also h\d shows al 
ilie loiniei Sealusi Gallery in Seattle. 
the Mbrighi Km>v Art Gaiter) in 
Buffalo; and Ihe Kempei Museum of 
Contemporary am in Kansas City. 
Me plans |o have anolhei exhibit next 
summei al the DeCordva Museum of 
Art in Lincoln, Massachusetts 

Perhaps the reason that so main 
galleries nave been interested in 
Bisbee is because of the electrifying 

energy that each Ol Ins works exudes. 
Like a bundle of napped energy, 

Courtesy of Plane Space Gallery, New York City 

Bisbee's art mirrors the same enthusi- 
asm that the artist posesses himself 
when talking about his work. 

After fifteen years of working with 
nails, he is still delighted by the craft 
and docs not plan on stopping any 
tune soon. "It's fascinating that I can 

work with one thing." he said, 
"everything opens up, the options 
become endless." 

Even when using nails alone, 
Bisbee still manages to create 
tremendous variety within his work. 
In fact, the current exhibit reflects a 

vast array of different shapes and 
designs. Symmetrical spheres of 
pointy nails lie next to a long winding 
path of spikes. A melted bunch of 
nails stick straight up in the air. One 
can't help but wonder how he does it. 
Bisbee's answer: "It's who I am, it's 

Kubrick keeps your eyes wide 

Audrey Amidon 
Staff \\"mii r 

Once again, the Bowdoin Film 
Society is kicking off a semester of 
film fun This soar we're working in 
conjunction with BCN to bring you 
more opportunities to see quality 
films This weekend. BFS will 
attempt lo appeal to your dark side 
with a couple of films from the great 
Stanley Kubrick Despite the fact 
that Kubrick may not be with us any 
longer, his films continue lo delight 
and disturb film audiences. So. all 
you Kubrick fans be sure to come 
out in force! 

The Kubrick fun is kicked off on 
Friday night at 7:00 p.m with A 
Clockwork Orange (1971). the futur- 
istic societal satire and cult classic. 
This is a film so twisted that it had to 
be re-edited to fit an R rating The 

plot revolves around the story of a 
young juvenile delinquent who is 
treated to aversion therapy to cure 
him of violent urges. Unfortunately, 
the cure turns out to be worse than 
the disease. 1 was too much of a 
wimp to sec this movie when BFS 

A Clockwork 
Orange: this is a 
film so twisted that 
it had to he re-edited 
to fit an R rating. 

showed it three years ago, but I 
assure you that A Clockwork Orange 
must be seen on the big screen for 
the full experience, although you 
may be tempted to cover your eyes at 


On Saturday night we will jump 
back a few years to Kubrick's Dr. 
Strangelove or: How I Learned to 
Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb 
(1964). This film will also show at 
7.00 p.m. Besides having a really 
long title. Dr. Strangelove stars 
George C. Scott. Slim Pickens. Peter 
Sellers (of PinR Panther fame), and 
James Earl Jones (in his first film 

The Film is about an American 
general named Jack D. Ripper, who 
goes insane and attempts to attack 
the USSR, with a nuclear bomb. 
"The Bomb" seems to be a bizarre 
choice for the subject of a comedy, 
especially considering the time in 
which it was made. It is Kubrick's 
ability to turn "the bomb" into a 
laughing matter that makes this film 
a universal classic. 

DVD killed the video store 

Monica Guzman 
Orient Staff 

Bart D'Alauro and Greg Morris are 
looking to transform the way 
Brunswick rents movies. Their new 
DVD rental store, Bart and Greg's 
DVD Explosion, is the newest addi- 
tion to the Tontine Mall on Maine 

Vintage movie posters of cinema 
classics line the walls. A few thick 
collector's film books lie on a coffee 
table that sits convenientiy between a 
big comfy sofa and a 52 inch TV. 
Some brilliant yet publicly over- 
looked films shine proudly from the 
shelves. It's a nostalgic film won- 

Did 1 mention that its all DVDs? 

Neither Bart nor Greg have ever 
heard of an all DVD rental store, but 
they're confident that the DVD tech- 
nology is now widespread enough to 
work. "It's becoming quite a fad," 
said Greg, "even little old ladies have 
DVD players now." 

The two owners have been friends 
for over ten years; before Bart gradu- 

ated from Bowdoin in 1995. They 
have always had an avid interest in 
film; both worked at Matt and Dave's 
Video Store on Maine Street before it 
was purchased in 1999 by Video 
Galaxy, a commercial company that 
went bankrupt less than two years 
later. Matt then tried to buy his store 
back, but lost the bid to Movie 
Gallery, the current rental king. Now 
the two ex-employees are back to 
reclaim what Matt and Dave's once 
had. and maybe even shake the foun- 
dations of the Movie Gallery monop- 

" I don't want to sound arrogant, but 
asking us if we're worried about 
Movie Gallery's competition is like 
asking Wolfgang Puck if he's worried 
about the McDonalds next to his 
restaurant." said Greg. A bold state- 
ment, but he stands behind it. 

"We have a higher level of service 
and more choices 1 cant imagine 
anyone giving us up and going back 
to Movie Gallery after renting here. 
Many [chain stores] don't care about 
their customers, and they don't care 
about movies... But we're doing this 

because it's what we enjoy. As long 
as we stay open, we're happy." 

Bart and Greg see their store as 
enough of an alternative to the norm 
to attract its own customer base and 
thrive off of that. 

"We just think Brunswick's a cool 
enough town that they deserve a 
choice." said Bart, a huge fan of 
French filmmaker Eric Rohmer. 

The guys certainly value their spe- 
cialty collection of indie and foreign 
films, but they also carry a large 
selection of more mainstream films. 
"We don't want to be known as film 
snobs, but we also don't want to have 
to carry ten copies of Blade II," said 
Greg, who names Wim Wender's 
Paris, Texas as his favorite film. 

As for Bowdoin, Bart and Greg's 
DVD Extravaganza is offering every 
Bowdoin student one free DVD 
rental with a Bowdoin ID. 

"We want to break that Bowdoin 
Bubble," said Bart, "and make [the 
students] feel like they're really a part 
of the community." 

what I do." 

It took him 1 3 months of daily, 
consistent work to craft the sculp- 
tures in his current exhibit. It was 
certainly worth it; Bisbee deems 
this exhibit "the best so far." 

When asked how he feels about 
the end of a project, Bisbee said, 
"It's always a letdown. It's a strange 
thing to empty yourself out and 
have this manifested residue-noth- 
ing can match the effort." 

Fortunately, many viewers will 
continue to appreciate his efforts. 
His innovative use of everyday sub- 
stance speaks to artists and non- 
artists alike. "The one thing I love 
about visual art is that I don't have 
to talk about it," Bisbcc said. 
Photos of Plane Space's exhibit 
prove that he's right. With their 
intricate contortions and captivating 
patterns, Bisbee's sculptures do all 
the talking. 

The show won't be traveling any- 
where, but students can see some of 
Bisbee's work at the faculty gallery 
section of the Bowdoin website. 
Bisbee also has a studio at Fort 
Andross in downtown Brunswick 
for those willing to venture beyond 
the Bowdoin quad. 

Chili Peppers outgrow 
their tube socks 

Brian Dunn 

Orient Staff 

If the Chili's work in the 90s hint- 
ed at their talent outside the world of 
hardcore funk-rock, then their mag- 
nificent 2002 release, By the Way, is 
the culmination of the band's slow 
and progressive transformation. 
Rick Rubin, their longtime producer 
helps bring this album to form by 
helping the Chili's create beautiful, 
heartfelt melodies coupled with a 
number of sounds and influences. 

The major prob- 
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to do on any album TeSfl album 

before, they create a comoine d. 

cohesive album with 

tracks that easily 

stand out by themselves. 

"I Could Die for You" and "The 
Zephyr Song" flow so smoothly with 
perfect melodies that you almost for- 
get they made albums like Freaky 
Styley and The Uplift Mofo Party 
Plan. The fact that the Chili Peppers 

are all pushing 40 and Anthony 
Keides' most recent breakup could 
attribute to the amazing "Don't 
Forget Me" and "Tear," two of the 
more serious and somber songs in 
the Chili Peppers' catalogue. 

For "Cabron," Fusciante plays a 
fun Latin number proving to be the 
album's highlight. The salsa doesn't 
stop there as "On Mercury" blows 
the listener away with horns and 
other Latin sounds. 

Now don't simply dismiss the 
Chili Peppers as an edgy band gone 
soft in their old 
age. You need 
only listen to the 
opening track "By 
the Way" to find 
that it rocks more 
than all the tracks 
on the latest John 
Tesh album com- 
bined. "Can't 
Stop," like "By 
the Way," is an 
adrenaline rush, 
but it's catchy 
chorus and 

smooth flow help 
it work with the albums rotation. 

Maybe the- Chili Peppers don't 
rock as hard as they used to. but 
what the hell, they don't have any- 
thing to prove to us. We know they 
can still rock. 

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September 13, 2002 



Back in 

Melanie Keene 

Staff Writer 

The Sailing Team embarked upon 
another new season with an intersec- 
tional regatta held at Yale University 
on September 7. 

Skipper Tyler Dunphy '03 with 
crew Melanie Keene '03 and skipper 
Ryan Cauley '03 with crew Amy 
Titcomb '04 traveled to the previous- 
ly mentioned, little-known institution 
of higher learning to sail in the Harry 
Anderson Trophy, a regatta that 
brought tough competition from 
across the country. 

The lack of wind made the regatta 
even more challenging, although it 
should prove to be good preparation 
for the coed team who sails again this 
weekend in the Captain Hurst Bowl 
at Dartmouth College. 

The women's team looks forward 
to another strong season and sets sail 
this weekend at the Women's Man- 
Labs Trophy and the Women's 
Captain Cup. There is also a series of 
freshman regattas, where the Polar 
Bear's massive influx of first-year 
sailors will race. 

Overall, the team has grown 
stronger with a great first-year class 
that will make the season ahead an 
exciting one. 

Said Coach Tom Sitzmann, "We 
are very excited about this year's 
team. With a particularly strong sen- 
ior class and very good group of first 
years, we are hoping to continue our 
upward climb in the New England 
Intercollegiate Sailing Association. 
For those interested, we are hosting 
the Casco Bay Open at the Bowdoin 
Sailing Center September 21-22. It 
will be a great opportunity to see 
great sailing action and watch an 18- 
team sailing regatta!" 

Reading these 
articles, you 
suddenly stop 
and think: I 
want to con- 
tribute to the 
Sports Section. 
I will email 


Field Hockey Wins With Stroke of Luck 

With a dominant second 
half, the Polar Bears 
secure victory and 
appear to be in prime 
position for another 
NESCAC title run. 

Allie Yanikoski 
Staff Writer 

Bowdoin senior Leah McClure 
stood alone seven yards from the 
Wclleslcy goalkeeper for a stroke, 
the most unusual penalty shot in field 

A stroke occurs when the referee 
believes that the goalkeeper has 
unfairly used her body to prevent an 
opponent from scoring. 

With a vehement bang against the 
backboard, McClure secured the first 
goal of the game and the season for 
Bowdoin, leading the Polar Bears a 
3-0 victory over Wellesley College at 
Ryan Field on September 8. 

McClure assisted the next goal to 
first year scorer Kristi Gannon, then 
scored the final goal herself, assisted 
by junior Amanda Bun-age. 

Although the Polar Bears dominat- 
ed the first half of play, it ended in a 
frustrsting tie. 

Said senior co-captain Jackie 
Templeton said, "We knew that we 
would have to pick up the momen- 
tum in the second half to beat" 
Wellesley. "We improved in the sec- 
ond half, and we were more confi- 

Both confidence and aggression 
radiated from the Polar Bears as 
offensive and defensive players 
worked cohesively to keep the ball at 
Wellesley's end for the majority of 

McDonald played a major role in 
helping the Polar Bears to pull away 
by setting up three Bowdoin goals 
within twenty minutes with several 
abrupt breakaways. 

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The Polar Bears set up for another offensive attack in their 3-0 drubbing of Wellesley 
College. The hottest turf in NESCAC, the Ryan Field, played host to this opener. 

the game. 

"It was very encouraging to see 
that we can come back after a less 
than optimal first half and get things 
sorted out," said senior co-captain 
Sarah Laverty. 

Sophomore right wing Colleen 

Junior goalkeeper Gillian 
McDonald kept the Bowdoin goal 
the quietest spot on the field, solidly 
backed by her defensive and midfield 
players. McDonald let a mere eleven 
goals pass by her last season, which 
ended in the NESCAC semifinals 

and a solid 13-3 record for the Polar 
Bears. All of last season's top three 
scorers, sophomore Marissa O'Neil, 
and seniors McClure and Templeton, 
respectively, are back on the team 
this fall, along 
with ten other 
members of last 
year's team. 

expects another 
strong season 
from her team, 
saying that she is 
"very impressed" 
with the first year 
players and "their 
concentration and 

Bowdoin field 
hockey welcomed 
six new members 
to the team since 
the start of the 
season; forwards 
Christine Gannon 
and Allyson 

Craib. midfield- 
ers Abby Daley 
and Margaret 
Gormley, and 
defensive players 
Jacqueline Stahl and Liz Hocring. 

Laverty echoes Templeton's 
enthusiasm, saying that "this year 
shows a lof of promise. We have a 
great group of girls with a lot of tal- 
ent who are all really motivated and 
excited about the season." 

Looking back to ( 1 

What follows is a team- 
by-team statistical review 
detailing the previous 
season of fall sports. 

Field Hockey 

- 13-3 record 

- NESCAC Semifinals loss to 
Williams College 2-1 

- Individual Achievements: 

* Goal Leader Allison Scaduto '02 
(16 goals) 

* Assist Leaders: Jackie Templeton 
'03, Marissa O'Neil 'OS, Leah '03 

* Goalie: Gillian McDonald (80 
Saves, 1 1 Goals Allowed) 

- 1-7 record 

- Individual Achievements: 
♦Rushing Leader: Mike Taylor '02 

(474 yards on 1 14 carries, 5 TDs) 

* Passing Leader: Justin Hardison 
'03(1011 yards, 5 TDs) 

* Receiving Leader. Kevin Bougie 
'04 (21 catches for 199 yards) 

♦Leading Tackier: Jamie Nichols 

* Leader in Sacks: Leroy Gaines 
'02 (4 for 17 yards) 

Men's Rugby 

- 5-0 record 

- Advanced to New England 

Men's Soccer 

- 10-5-1 record 

- Individual Achievements: 

* Goal Leader: David Bulow '02 
(17 goals) 

* Assists Leaders: David Bulow 
'02, Kevin Folan '03, Patrick 
Bracewell '02 (S each) 

* Goalie: Travis Derr '05 (71 
Saves, 23 Goals Allowed) 

Women's Soccer 

- 1 1-4 record 

- Individual Achievements: 

* Goal Leaders: Erin Finn- Welch 
'03, Lindsay Sennott '02, Caroline 
Budney '03 (16 each) 

* Assist Leader: Allison Lavoie '02 

* Goalie: Emily Rizza '02 (69 
Saves, 13 Goals Allowed) 

Men's Cross Country 

- NESCAC Champions 

- Second in New England Regionals 

- Eleventh in NCAA Championships 

- Individual Achievements: 

* All- Americans: Steve Allison 
'02, Todd Forsgren '03 

Women's Cross Country 

- Sixth in NESCAC Championships 

- Seventh in New England 

- Individual Achievements: 
♦All- American: Audra Caler '03 

Women's Volleyball 

- 7-22 record 

Men's Tennis 

- 17-3 record 

- NCAA Quarterfinal loss to Emory 
College at U.C. Santa Cruz 

Looking ahead '02 

Week One Results 

Field Hockey 

- Polar Bears down Wellsely 
College 3-0 at home. 

- Bowdoin Goals: Leah McClure 
'03, Kristi Gannon '06 (assisted by 
McClure), McClure (assisted by 
Amanda Bun-age '04) 

- Polar Bear Saves: Gillian 
McDonald '04 (3 Saves) 

- Opponent Saves: Caitlin Andrews 
(3 Saves) 

Men's Soccer 

- Polar Bears trounce Husson 
College 5-0 at home. 

- Bowdoin Goals: Andrew Russo 
'06 (assisted by Ethan Ross '04), 
Tom Bresnehan '05 (assisted by 
Bobby Desilets '05), Desilets, Russo 
(assisted by Desilets), Russo (assist- 
ed by Desilets) 

- Polar Bear Saves: Travis Derr '05 
(1 Save in 45 minutes), Tom Davis 
(1 Save in 45 minutes) 

- Opponent Saves: Matt Goodman 
(15 Saves and 3 Goals Allowed in 
85 minutes). Cliff Urguhart (1 Save 
and 2 Goals Allowed in 5 minutes) 

Women's Soccer 

- Polar Bears at Babson College 
cruise to 4-0 victory. 

- Bowdoin Goals: Hillary Smith '04 
(assisted by Christine Goss '03), 
Kelsey Wilcox '06 (assisted by Julie 
Barnes '04 and Goss), Jill Fallwell 

- Polar Bear Saves: Shappell '05 (3) 

Week Two Games 

Saturday, September 14 

- Women's Soccer at Wesleyan 
College, 2:00 p.m. 

- Men's Soccer at Wesleyan College. 
1 1 00 a.m. 

- Women's Tennis at home against 
Brandeis College, 12:00 p.m. 

- Men's Tennis at Middlebury 
Invitational, TBA 

- Volleyball at Colby Invitational, 



- Men's and Women's Cross 
Country at University of New 
England, 1 1 00 a.m. 

- Field Hockey at Wesleyan College, 
11:00 a.m. 

Sunday, September 15 

- Women's Soccer at Bridge water 
State, 1200 pm 

- Women's Tennis at home against 
Wesleyan College, TBA 

- Men's Tennis at Middlebury 
Invitational, TBA 

- Field Hockey at home against 
Wheaton College, 2:00 p.m. 

- Men's and Women's Golf :- 
Bowdoin Invitational, 12:30 p.m. 

Tuesday, September 17 

- Women's Soccer at home against 
University of N.E., 4:30 p.m. 

- Men's and Women's Cross 
Country at Colby College, TBA 

Wednesday, September 18 

- Men's Soccer at home against the 
University of N.E, 4:30 p.m. 



September 13, 2002 


The Bowdoin Orient 

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Spotlight on the sport or focus on the woman? 

Journalists and marketers 
follow sexist standards, 
opt for stereotypical por- 
taycds of professional 
women athletes 

J.P. Box 


Man. she's hoi Dude, she's got it 
going on. In fact, she's looking real 

We're not talking about a model — 
we're talking about an athlete. Sports 
marketers demand that women be 
both athletes and sex symbols; 
strong, swift, sexy, and seductive 
compnse'the prime formula. While 
men just have to perform on the field, 
women must perform at a high level 
and look good doing it. 

Sexism in the media's coverage of 
women's athletics is abundant, bla- 
tant, and journalistically acceptable. 
If you dont believe me. scan through 
any major sports publication and 
absorb the salient aspects of each 
article that concentrates on women. 
Sex appeal is often first and fore- 
most, while athletic talent is a close 

For example, Serena Williams 
graces the cover of August 19 edition 
of ESPN Magazine. The number one 
ranked women's tennis player is 
dressed casually: white tank top, 
trendy jeans, earrings, and a fancy 
watch. Her blonde-dyed hair is blow- 
ing freely and she's flashing a confi- 
dent smile. 

So what? She's in great shape and 
deserves to strut her stuff; she's 
worked hard for her body. 

But, try to imagine number one 
ranked mens tennis player Llcyton 
Hewitt on the cover of ESPN in a 
trendy outfit with his hair blowing in 
the wind. Or how about Shaq? 
Manny Ramirez? Kurt Warner? Us 
comical — they're athletes! 

I donl want these guys to be trying 

Courtesy of 
Serena Williams poses on the August 19 cover of ESPN Magazine in casual attire. 

to look sexy on the cover of a maga- 
zine. I want to admire them as ath- 

In ESPN's feature story on Serena, 
eight photos of the tennis star appear. 
In only three of them is she actually 
playing tennis. In the other photos, 
the magazine chooses to focus on 
feminine beauty. My favorite is of 

her straddling one of those huge 
bouncy balls. Can't you just see 
Drew Bledsoe in a similar photo 

Isn't there something wrong with 
this picture? We see more cleavage 
than coverage of her tennis exploits. 

ESPN prefaces the article by 
admitting that, "Answering questions 

while a makeup artist's 
tweezer is yanking wild 
hairs out of your eye- 
brows is not the easiest 
way to give an inter- 
view." But, hey it's no 
sweat for the "hottest act 
in tennis!" I wonder if 
Roger Clemens ever got 
his eyebrows plucked 
before an interview. 

In addition to this 
stellar work, ESPN 
Magazine also included 
an article about the 
Lady's Professional 
Golf Association 

(LPGA). The headline? 
Style Council. 

Evidently, the LPGA 
has become style-con- 
scious and is looking for 
ways to boost their rat- 
ings. The league hired a 
panel of fashion special- 
ists to coach the women 
golfers not on their 
swings, but on their 

Trish McEvoy, who is 
described as a "makeup 
queen," demands that 
the women "be critical. 
Looking good is disci- 
pline." In other words, 
stop being lazy and 
focusing so much on 
being a great golfer — 
you gotta dress with 
some spunk if you want 
to get noticed! 

At least the article 
ends on an upbeat note. 
Natalie Gubis, a 19-year-old phe- 
nom, says, "I want my skirts shorter 
next year! Its too hot to wear long, 
clingy skirts." I cant wait until Tiger 
Woods replaces his silk slacks with 
something a little more revealing. . . 

To be fair to ESPN Magazine, they 
are not the only media outlet that 
capitalizes on common gender 

stereotypes and exploits feminine 
beauty to sell a sport. The Women's 
National Basketball Association 
(WNBA) once used the slogan "We 
got next!", to advertise the new, 
upcoming league. 

After struggling to gamer a size- 
able audience, the focus has changed. 
Now, the league proudly announces, 
"Basketball is Beautiful." Beauty has 
forever been associated with women 
and it sells, so why not market a 
sport with this proven technique? 
Chamique Holdsclaw averaged 19.9 
points per game, but let's not talk 
about her game — let's talk about her 
beauty because basketball really is 

Basketball is tears, blood, sweat, 
and hard work. Aspects of the game 
are beautiful, but its not a dance — 
bodies are banging, hands are clutch- 
ing and grabbing, and wills are test- 
ed. Take one good look at the sweat 
dripping from Patrick Ewings fore- 
head at the free-throw line and tell 
me if basketball is beautiful. He 
sweats so much that he changes his 
jersey at halftime 

Or how about the elbow-swinging, 
fight-instigating scrappy play of a 
Bill Lambier? Are you telling me 
that's beautiful too? 

Instead of exploring original and 
thought-provoking techniques, mar- 
keters and journalists alike continue 
to rely on age-old stereotypes. The 
media must critically assess its cov- 
erage of women's sports and stop 
exploiting the female form to 
improve the game's marketability. 

While it may increase profits in 
the short-run, it hurts the credibility 
of women's athletics long-term. 

Oh, by the way, Serena Williams 
just won her third straight Grand 
Slam by defeating her older sister, 
Venus Williams, in convincing fash- 
ion. Only six women have previous- 
ly accomplished this feat. 

Now, can we focus on the sport? 

Running W ith XC 

Running extraordinaires 
Todd Dick Forsgren and 
Conor Savage O'Brien 
provide an insiders look 
at Mens Cross Country. 

This year's men's Cross Country 
squad has returned from the summer 
with high hopes for the season, 
though the losses from last season 
are heavy. 

Veteran Steve Allison (the most- 
hated man in the NESCAC and the 
most-wanted person by the Boston 
chapter of the Hell's Angels) will not 
be returning for his 26th straight sea- 
son with the Polar Bears due to a 
contract dispute with the team's 
coach. Peter Slovenski. 

When asked for a comment on the 
matter. Coach Slovenski replied, "Oh 
shoot. I thought he graduated, but if 
he didn't, he's off the team." 

The seven returning seniors are 
looking fit after strenuous summer 
training regiments. Pat Vardaro is 
returning from a summer working as 
a corporate banking shark in Boston, 
where his new experience with 
aggressive takeovers will surely 
allow him to topple runners around 
the NESCAC. 

Jeff Rubens spent the summer in 
San Diego. California, his surfing 
skills and microscopy experience 
will give him the extra edge. Alex 
Moore spent last semester in Rome, 
but when questioned about his train- 

ing over the past six months. Moore 
replied, "No comment." 

Dan Gulotta. Scott Barbuto. Conor 
O'Brien and Todd Forsgren haven't 
left the Bowdoin campus in the last 
year for anything but long runs and 
beer runs. 

The strong group of underclass- 
men seem to be full of spunk and 
enthusiasm. Street-smart junior Scott 
Herrick and plunger-savvy sopho- 
more Ben Peisch have appeared par- 
ticularly strong in preseason games. 

We shouldn't forget Taylor 
Washburn, who also looks strong 
after a summer spent doing nothing, 
but the Kenyan-style training of 
freakishly long runs and a strict diet 
of rice and wheat tea. 

When asked for a comment 
on the matter, Coach 
Slovenski replied, "Oh 
shoot, 1 thought he (All- 
American Steve Allison 
'02) graduated, hut if he 
didn't, he's off the team," 

The squad's first meet is the Iona 
Invitational in New York City on 
September 28. Though the competi- 
tion at this meet is tough, as the field 
is comprised mostly of Division I 
teams, the Polar Bears feel confident 
that, with the support of their hun- 
dreds of loyal fans who will be mak- 
ing the long trek down to New York, 
they'll be able to put on a fine show- 

Women's XC Up and Runnin' 

Grace Cho 

Staff Wr iter 

With the arrival of fall, the 
Bowdoin Women's Cross Country 
team heads into another exciting rac- 
ing season. In tomorrow's opener, 
held at the University of New 
England, the Polar Bears hope to 
make a strong first impression 
against NESCAC rivals Colby and 

"The women's 
team... is going to 
surprise a lot of peo- 
ple. I cant wait to 
see what these 
women can do. " 

Bre McKenna '03 

Taking seventh place at last year's 
New England Division III 
Championships, returning varsity 
members have their sights set on a 
top-five finish and a team qualifying 
bid for nationals this November. 

The women appear to be on the 
right track to achieve their goal of 
qualifying. From day one, head 
coach Peter Slovenski has noticed 
the team enthusiasm and energy to 
work towards post season goals. 
"We've had terrific early season 

Courtesy of bowdoin eu 

Captain Bre McKenna '03 (far 
left) charges ahead last fall. 

workouts," says Slovenski. 

Senior Kym Levine has also 
noticed a different energy between 
this year's and last year's team with- 
in the first few practices. "Our team 
looks stronger than last year and with 
the incoming runners, we will have a 

lot of depth this season," says 

While strength and depth describe 
the women's team, they do not begin 
to address the mix of experience and 
youth that will bolster the Polar Bear 
attack. With nine of the top ten run- 
ners returning for another season, 
including All- American Audra Caler 
'OS, a wiser and more experienced 
team will step out on to the course. 
However, the women will also look 
to the youth and fire of nine fresh- 
men to play a role on the varsity 

"We have a fantastic group of 
freshmen and with a strong core of 
returning runners, we should be very 
competitive this year," adds Libby 

Under the leadership of senior 
captains Libby Barney, Ariel Hanek, 
Kym Levine, and Bre McKenna, the 
cross country women look to create 
some excitement and give running 
powerhouses Williams and 
Middlebury a challenge this season. 

"The women's team of Bowdoin 
College is going to surprise a lot of 
people," Captain Bre McKenna pre- 
dicts. "I can't wait to see what these 
women do." 

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September 13, 2002 15 

Set '02 

Jenn Laraia 

Staff Writer 

With a solid start, five talented 
freshmen, and strong leadership, the 
Bowdoin volleyball team is on its 
way to improving upon last year's 7- 
22 season. In early scrimmage action 
last Sunday, the Polar Bears defeated 
Colby 3-2 on the Mules' home turf. 

Last year, Bowdoin fell twice to its 
Waterville rivals, but already this 
season, the Polar Bears have proved 
that they arc "up to the challenge. 

The team's three seniors, Mara 
Caruso. Becca Geehr, and Jess 
Reuben are filling their roles as cap- 
tains, leading the team both in lead- 
ership and performance. Reuben, a 
middle blocker, has shattered school 
blocking records in previous seasons. 
Caruso adds strength on defense for 
the Polar Bears, and Geehr provides 
offensive strength as an attacker. 

The Bowdoin team also has a new 
setter, Bree Dallinga '06, who has 
added fire to the Bowdoin offense. 

Coach Kellie Bearman comments, 
"Her grit is inspiring to the team. 
She's making it possible for us to run 
our offense and let our attackers 

Sarita Fu '06 has taken over the 
new "libero" role, which Bearman 
describes as "an exclusively defen- 
sive position that is new to the league 
this season." 

Jessica Schlobohm '06 is lethal on 
offense - her attacks will make 
Bowdoin an overpowering force. 
Summer Gray '06 and Kelly Bougere 
'06 also add to the Polar Bears' 
offensive strength, with both smart 
play and quickness. A new sopho- 

Men's Soccer Looks to Youthful Future 

Sean Walker 

Staff Whiter 

If you run into a Bowdoin men's 
soccer player walking out of a first 
year dorm, don't be surprised. 

Rather, the Polar Bears will field a 
young, but talented team that 
includes twelve first year players. 
With only three seniors and two jun- 
iors returning, the team will rely 
heavily upon its youth. 

"We are an extremely young team. 
I think we're very talented, but I wish 
we had more upperclassmen in the 
program," said Bowdoin head coach 
Brian Ainscough. Since taking over 
before the 2000 season, Ainscough 
has recruited numerous talented 
players to mold the team into one one 
of the most dangerous in the 

Luckily for Ainscough. many of 
those players already have a year 
under their belts. Several members of 
the sophomore class will be looking 
to build on solid first years. 

The team's leading returning scor- 
er is Bobby Desilets 'OS, a strong for- 
ward, with a personality to boot, who 
scored five goals and assisted on four 
others last fall. 

Desilets is joined by stellar class- 
mates including forward Tommy 

more, Adrienne Heflich, adds height 
and talent to the team and specializes 
in blocking and strong right-side hit- 

Bearman, who is entering her sec- 
ond season as head-coach, is delight- 
ed with her team's prospects. 

"I expect great things out of this 
team," she comments, "We're going 
to have to work hard physically and 
mentally to beat some of these 
NESCAC teams, but I'm beyond 
confident that we will do it." 

Bresnehan 'OS, a fiery redhead with a 
knack for winning headers and quick 
midfielder Jacques Guana 'OS. The 
backfield also relies heavily upon the 
sophomore class, as Bucky Jencks, 
Erik Shea, Drew Tsakos, Peter 
Schoene and backup goalie Tom 
Davis will look to stop Bowdoin's 
opponents cold. 

for the Polar 
Bears, the back- 
field will be 
missing a key 
component in 
Danny Sullivan 
'05. who will be 
sidelined for 
one to three 
weeks after hav- 
ing his lateral 
scoped nearly 
one month ago. 

"I'm just tak- 
ing it day by day 
now, hoping for 
the best," said 
Sullivan, speak- 
ing to the press 
for the first time 
since his injury. 
If his rehabilita- 
tion continues to progress as planned, 
look for this talented ball handler to 
cause havoc to opponents' offensive 

If a member of a rival NESCAC 
team does happen to penetrate this 
wall of defense, veteran goalkeeper 
Travis Derr '03 will be there to stop 
them. The youth of the defense in 
front of him doesn't faze last year's 
starting keeper. 

"While we are young, we have a 
lot of talent back there," said Derr. 

Courtesy of bowdoin.. edu 

Bart McMann'02 fires off a shot in 
heavy traffic last fall. In 2002, the 
young Polar Bears will look to sen' 
iors, like McMann, for leadership. 

Some of talent that Derr refers to 
comes in the form of freshman back- 
fielders Mike Crowley and William 
Waters, who will look to make an 
immediate impact on the Polar Bear 
program. They are part of the 
extremely strong recruiting class of 
2006 for Ainscough, which also 
includes Drew 
Russo, Ethan 
Galloway and 
Brendan Fisher, 
among others. 

Russo, a cen- 
ter midfielder, 
was named to 
the high school 
team last year. 
He joins 

Crowley, last 
year s 
Soccer League 
( I S L ) , 
Player of the 
Year. The ISL 
is a private 
school league 
that is com- 
prised of teams 
from around 
New England. 
For the youth movement to suc- 
ceed, however, the five upperclass- 
men will have to play huge roles, 
both in terms of of play and leader- 
ship. Jordan McQuillan '04 will be 
relied on to provide strong play from 
either the midfield or backfield. 
Along with Derr, McQuillan is one 
of only two Polar Bear juniors. 

In order for the team to succeed, 
Ainscough is fully aware that his 
captains will have to lead in every 
facet of the game. 

"A lot of responsibility will be on 
the shoulders of our captains." said 
the third year coach. The senior trio 
of Chris Fuller, Bart McMann and 
Kevin Folan are the three captains 
that have been selected to lead the 
Bowdoin men this year. 

"We are a young 
J&gm, but I don't 
think that will hold 
hack our potential..." 

Coach Brian Ainscough 

Two Massachusetts natives. 
McMann and Fuller will be looked 
upon to provide a significant scoring 
punch from the forward position, 
while Folan, a midfielder, will be 
relied upon to both stop opponent's 
offensive schemes and also trigger 
Polar Bear attacks. 

According to Sullivan. "Team 
chemisty is strong this year, both on 
and off the field." This chemistry 
will prove to be important, as many 
young players will have to mature 
quickly in the face o( adversity. 
Unfortunately, such adversity has 
already come, as one of last year's 
talented Polar Bears, Tucker 
Hodgkins '05. was lost for the season 
with an ACL tear. 

The biggest factor, of course, is 
how the young Polar Bears will 
respond to a vigorous NESCAC 
schedule which opens up at 
Wesleyan College on September 14. 
According to Sullivan, this won't be 
a problem. "We are a young team, 
but I don't think that will hold back 
our potential to succeed." 

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The Bowdoin Orient 

Weekly Calendar 




Professor Jean M. Yarbrough, Ph.D. 
Professor Yarbrough is the Gary M. Pendy Sr. Professor of 
Social Sciences of Bowdoin 's Government Department. Her 
work has been widely published in several political publica- 
tions. She is a nationally recognized thinker and author; she 
has received various fellowships, including two awards from 
the national endowment for the Humanities. She is currently 
working on her second book titled The Progressive Critique of 
the Founders. 

Pickard Theatre 
12:30 p.m. 


A Clockwork Orange 

Bowdoin Film Society 

Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium 

7:00 p.m. 

Young and Sober 

Peucinian Room, Sills Hall 
8:00 p.m. 

Foam Dance Party! 

What better thing to do tonight than 
frolick in the fun of foam outside the 
convenience of your shower? 
good times... 

The Quad 

9:00 p.m. 
(in case of showers...) 


Sargent Gym 9:00 p.m. 


Special Film Screening 

Bed and Sofa 

Silent 1920s Classic Soviet-Russian film to be 

accompanied by Russian Composer and Pianist, 

Jakob Gubanov, resident pianist at the Harvard Film 


EveningStar Theatre, Tontine Mall, Brunswick 

4:00 p.m. 



Dr. Strangelove or: How I 
Learned to Stop Worrying 
and Love the Bomb 
Bowdoin Film Society 
Sills Hall, Smith 
7:00 p.m. 



Catholic Mass 

Bowdoin Chapel 
4:30 p.m. 

Yom Kippur Service 

Conducted by Rabbi Simeon J. 


Moulton Union, Lancaster Lounge 

7:15 p.m. 

yem i iiuMii 

Yom Kippur Services 

with Rabbi Simeon J. Maslin 
Morning Service 10:30-1:15 p.m. 

Study Service 4:00 p.m. 
Afternoon Ne'ila Service 5:00 p.m. 
Moulton Union, Lancaster Lounge 

Italian Table 

Thome Hall, Pinette Dining Room 
5:30-7:00 p.m. 

Jewish High Holiday Dinner 

Moulton Union, Main Lounge 
6:30 p.m. 

Bruce Hcrnsby 

with special guest Leftover Salmon 

7:00 p.m. 

State Theatre 

609 Congree Street, Portland 

For more information, call (207) 775-3331 


Russell Crandall '94, author of Driven by Drugs: U.S. Policy 

Toward Colombia, lectures on the Colombian Drug Wars 

Searles Science Building, Room 3 1 5 

7:30 p.m. 

"Sex and Excess: Surviving the Party" talk by Elaine Pasqua 

V.A.C., Kresge Auditorium 
7:30 p.m. 


Sargent Gym 
3-8 p.m. 

"Getting Ready for Law School" 
Moulton Union, Lancaster Lounge 4:00 p.m. 


Poster presentations on summer 
research at Bowdoin Coastal Studies 

Smith Union, Morrell Lounge 
3:30 p.m. 



Doors at 8:00 p.m. 

State Theatre 

609 Congress Street, Portland 

For more information, 

call (207) 775-3331 

Spanish Table 5:00 p.m. 

Korean Dining Table 5:30 p.m. 

Russian Table 5:30 p.m. 

Bowdoin Christian Fellowship 

Hubbard Hall, Conference Room 


9:00 p.m. 

Aerobic Cardio Kick & Body Sculpting 

5:00 p.m. 

8:00 p.m. 
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Bowdoin Orient 

Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine 

The Oldest Continuously Published College Weekly in the U.S. 

September 20, 2002 
Volume CXXXII, Number 2 

Foreign first- 
years face 
U.S. visa 

Greg T. Spielberg 

Orient Staff 

Two Bowdoin students in the Class of 
2006 have been denied visa approval, and 
one could not reach the U.S. until 
September 14. One Palestinian and two 
Chinese first-yean were affected because 
of a policy generated by President Bush, 
which targets 26 countries for extreme 
visa evaluation. While this policy focuses 
on Muslim males, they are not the only 
ones who experience delays and high 
rejection rates. 

The two Chinese students — who are 
female a pplied for visas four times and 
were denied each time 

It's happening across the country, 
even with pro fessor s ," said Wil Smith, 
Dean of Multicultural Student Programs. 

Many colleges and universities have 
faced similar problems getting Chinese 
students into the country; among those 
rioted are Boston University, St Lawrence 
University, and the Univereity of Iowa 

Acoonkng to the National Association 
of Foreign Student Advisors (N AFSAX 
which serves as • campus contact for the 
I.N.S., the United Stales government has 
concerns about the number of Oanr s r 
students remaining in the country after 
college graduation. Margaret Hades, 
Dean of First- Year Students and a mem- 
ber of NAFSA said. The Irnmigration 
and Naturalization Services are watching 
more closely and making sure that those 
people they give visas have a strong rea- 
son to return back to their country, 
whether it's family or business.'' Most of 
the 9/11 hijackers entered the country with 

Please see VISA, page 3 

Firefighters respond to watery disaster 

Smashed sprinkler head soaks Hyde dorm rooms; displaces first-years 

Hans Law, Bowdoin Orient 

AU in a day's work- Volunteer firefighters Todd Williams, '04 left, and Travis Brennan *04 relax after 
helping stop the deluge of water from a broken sprinkler head in Hyde. 

VS. News: 
Bowdoin slips 
to number 
seven in ranks 

Cait Fowkes 
Orient Staff 

Ann Sullivan 
Staff Writer 

A plant fair in the union and 
homeless first-years may seem 
unrelated, but an accident 
Thursday afternoon proved oth- 
erwise. Third floor Hyde resident 
Michael Lantz '06 was hanging 
his newly purchased plant from 
the sprinkler system pipes run- 
ning along the top of his bedroom 
walls when he slipped, sending 
his hand through the sprinkler 

The small glass rod, which 
activates the sprinkler System, 
broke, delivering a torrent of 
water into his room. The sprin- 
klers are designed to respond to 
heat from fires, which melts this 
glass rod. However, since they 
are "not designed for abuse," as 
stated by Brunswick Fire Captain 
Randall Hamilton, such an acci- 
dent can easily set off the system. 

Although only one sprinkler 
was activated, each is designed to 
divert all the water in the entire 

system to the affected room at a 
rate of sixty gallons per minute. 

Once triggered, the fire alarm 
in Hyde immediately went off, 
and all students in the dorm evac- 
uated the building accordingly. 

The water wreaked havoc on 
Lantz and his roommate Ian 
Kyle's room. Bystanders report- 
ed water spraying out of their 
window, as well as firemen 
dumping buckets of water out the 

Please see SPRINKLER, page 2 

After two years of rising in rank 
amongst the top liberal arts colleges in 
the country, Bowdoin slid back two 
spots in this year's U.S. News and World 
Report ranking to number seven, tied 
with Middkbury. The drop in ranking, 
however, is tempered by the fact that 
that no new schools surpassed Bowdoin 
in ranking 

fr™ ,ast US. News 

year to pres- ^» < . 
enL Rankings 

This 2002 

year's rank- 
ings demon- !. Amherst 
*£**£ 2. Swatthmore 
j™*^ fi £ Williams 
last year, 4 * WeU **ley 
composed of *. Carleton 
a tie between Pomona 

Bowdoin, 7. Bowdoin 
Carleton, Middlebury 

Haverford 9. Davidson 
ardPomona. 10. Haverford 
was further 

down. Carleton and Pomona ranked 
fifth this year whik Bowdoin ranked 
seventh and Haverford dropped down to 
n u m b er ten. 

The rankings are derived from six- 
teen different weighted indicators of 
academic excellence. Factors that con- 
tribute to the school's ranking include 
the acceptance rate, graduation rate, as 
well as the p ercent a ge of classes with 

Please see RANK, page 3 

Coastal Studies fair presents sea of research 

Poster presentation displays students' summer research at CSC 

Hannah Dean 

Staff Writer 

Coastal trailwork, zoo plankton, 
sea urchins, and landscape paint- 
ing — these subjects and more were 
the focus of Bowdoin students' sum- 
mer research projects from the 
Coastal Studies Center, and were pre- 
sented Wednesday at the annual 
poster presentation in Smith Union. 

This past summer, a variety of stu- 
dents took advantage of the Coastal 
Studies Center, a facility that 
includes a farmhouse study center, 
terrestrial laboratory, and outdoor 
paths. Ann Henshaw, Director of the 
Coastal Center, said that one of the 
goals of the center is to "encourage 
partnership between students and 
faculty," not only in the coastal sci- 
ences but also in social sciences, the 
art department, archaeology, and 
other studies. 

New paths, cut this summer by 
students Ashley Berendt *03. Conor 
Carpenter 'OS. Carolyn Johnson 'OS, 
and Kate Mendenhall '01. have 
opened up many possibilities for the 
area around the Coastal Studies 
Center. The new paths make Inking 

Courtesy of Anne Henshaw 

Seniors Eric Legris and Laura Windecker discuss her poster on sea 
urchin research at the Coastal Studies Center marine lab. 

Major changes for 

Ted Reinert 

Orient Staff 

The English department has expe- 
rienced several changes in both 
course requirements and faculty this 
semester. The department has 
dropped the number of credits in lit- 
erature of the Americas needed for 
the English major from two to one. 
The change does apply to current 

"It seemed to us to be unnecessary 
in a major of ten courses, where 
there are three pre-1800 courses 
required, to require more than one 
course in this area," said Marilyn 
Reizbaum, chair of the English 



The interdisciplinary major in 
English and Theater is also evolving. 
Introduced last year and currently 
listed in the college catalogue, this - 
major "focuses on the dramatic arts, 
broadly constructed, with a signifi- 
cant focus on the critical study of I 
drama and literature," according to 
the catalogue. Twelve courses con- 
stitute the major. 

Pending approval from the 
Curriculum and Educational Policy 
Committee, the updated require- 
ments will still be six courses from 
each component, but will be more 

Please see ENGLISH, page 3 


to study sights easier, and also pro- 
vide walks through the scenic coastal 
area. Adrienne Heflich 'OS, who 
worked at the center this summer, 
noted. The new trails are a great 
opportunity to see more of the prop- 
Henshaw hopes that as more peo- 

ple get to know about the Center, it 
will be used to its full potential. She 
gave examples of several projects 
that illustrated the diverse research 
that takes place at the Center. 
Josh Atwood '04 presented 

Please see CSC, page 3 


Hershey: sweeter 

than most 

Page 4 


New and 

improved cafe 

Page 10 

Sailing, p. 13 


September 20, 2002 


The Bowdoin Orient 

Alum lectures on Colombia drug crisis 

Hannah Dean 

Staff Writer 

With problems such as violence, a 
drug-based economy, and unwanted 
international intervention, the country 
of Colombia has faced major obstacles 
on its road to political and social sta- 

Russell Crandall '94, a Mac Arthur 
Assistant Professor of Political 
Science at Davidson College, 
addressed these issues in his Tuesday 
evening lecture entitled "Drugs, 
Terror and Civil War in Colombia 
New Directions for U.S. Policy." 
Crandall, who recently published 
Driven by Drugs US Policy Toward 
Colombia, made clear in his lecture 
that he had a personal, as well as aca- 
demic interest, in the political and 
social issues in Colombia. Working as 
a human rights activist in Colombia, 
Crandall saw first hand the toll that the 
drugs and violence take on both the 
Colombian community and landscape. 
In his lecture, Crandall began by 
explaining that 
Colombia has been 
fraught with vio- 
lence since the 1 960s 
when leftist guerrilla 
insurgents began 
fighting in the coun- 
tryside and provin- 
cial cities. Rather than weakening over 
the decades, these groups "are stronger 
today than ever." said Crandall. 
Furthermore, he said, "right-wing 
paramilitary groups have launched an 
undeclared war on suspected civilian 
supporters of the guerrillas, destabiliz- 
ing an already chaotic situation in 

On top of the political clash 
between left-wing liberals and right- 
wing conservatives, he discussed the 
unchecked drug problem. Cocaine, the 
main export drug, began as a crop in 
Bolivia and Peru. The raw or partly 
processed cocaine would then be 
shipped into Colombia where it would 
be refined in labs and then exported to 
other countries, including the United 

The United States took action 
against the drug trafficking in the 
1980s by targeting the actual crops as 
well as the Colombian kingpins, but 
this pushed production into more 
unstable and rural southern Colombia. 
Crandall explained that farmers who 
had been growing coffee were now 

Revised BSG focuses on goals 

Improved student government opens communication lines 

Jonathan Perez 

Staff Writer 


Professor Russell Crandall *94, above, visited Bowdoin on Tuesday 
to lecture about the destabilizing drug problem in Colombia. 


growing cocaine and, to make matters 
worse, the crops were now located in 
areas controlled by the guerillas. Labs 
that had once been easy to target now 

To make matters worse, the crops were now locat- 
ed in areas controlled by the guerillas. Labs that 
had once been easy to target now became localized 
and drug operations... became M ma and pa m outfits. 

became localized, and drug opera- 
tions, once concentrated, became "ma 
and pa" outfits. 

Paramilitaries in Colombia then 
began a "reign of terror" against civil- 
ians so as to get at the guerrillas indi- 
rectly. Essentially, by means of the 
drug wars, the U.S. had destabilized an 
already faltering Colombia. In 1998, 
when conservative party candidate 
Andres Pastrana was inaugurated, the 
playing field changed. Crandall 
explained that Pastrana wanted peace, 
but the United States, well practiced in 
the art of war, "did not have a peace 
policy." The result of much delibera- 
tion was "Plan Colombia" — a project 
to reinforce the Colombian govern- 
ment's fight in the age-old civil war, 
financed in part by the U.S. 

Since Pastrana took office, condi- 
tions have improved significantly, "but 
this does not mean that narcotization 
has ended" said Crandall. "As long as 
the United States continues to make 
the drug war the overriding focus of its 
policies toward Colombia" as it has in 
the past, Colombia's political and 

social future will remain on unstable 

Professor Crandall has served as a 

consultant for the World Bank, the 
United Nations 
Project on Restored 
Democracies, and 
has worked as a 
project analyst for 
Catholic Relief 
Services in Quito, 
Ecuador and 

Bogota, Colombia. Presently, Crandall 

is serving as a consultant for the 

Department of Defense on Colombian 


The end of the 2001-2002 academ- 
ic year marked an important turning 
point in the reconfiguration and grad- 
ual improvement of Bowdoin's stu- 
dent government. As it was, the ruling 
body, composed solely of an 
Executive Board and Congress, need- 
ed improvements in both communica- 
tion and organization. 

The change came as a result of pro- 
posals by Jason Hafler '04. With the 
advent of a new constitution, the for- 
mer Executive Board was abolished. 
In lieu of it now stand a President and 
five Vice 
each elect- 
ed directly 
by the stu- 
dent body. 
each Vice 

President oversees a separate commit- 
tee: Academic Affairs, Facilities 
Management, Student Affairs, Student 
Government Affairs and Student 

Under the new system, Hafler noted 
that students have a "more direct link 
to administration and administration 
to students," creating stronger ties 
between College committees and stu- 
dent government. Other changes 

The future of and amendments to 
Bowdoin Student Government depend 
solely on the voice of the students, 
which has become increasingly direct. 

included the renaming of Congress to 
Bowdoin Student Government, and 
the S AFC Chair position to Treasurer. 
Most recently, the BSG has provid- 
ed funding for a free taxi shuttle serv- 
ice running Friday and Saturday 
nights during the hours of 9 p.m. and 2 
a.m. Also offered is a second shuttle to 
Frecport, Cook's Comer, Wal-Mart 
and Hoyt's on Saturdays and Sundays 
between 1 1 a.m. and 9 p.m. 

In the works remains the final 
installment of two television sets for 
Watson Fitness 'Center in Smith 
Union. Volume control would be 
accessible through a tuner, provided 
that students bring their own Walkman 



BSG pro- 

gr am s , 


fan buses 

to college 


like the Bowdoin-Colby hockey game, 

and non-credit course offerings, will 

continue throughout the year. 

The future of Bowdoin Student 
Government depend solely on the 
voice of the students, which has 
become increasingly direct as a result 
of the changes in the BSG structure. 
Voting poles for Student Class 
Government Office elections are open 
from September 19 through 22. 

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Sprinkler accident causes water damage, vacated rooms 

SPRINKLER, from page I 

windows. Their bedroom was 
flooded with more than a foot of 
water, which leaked to several 
rooms underneath them. 

When asked to estimate the 
extent of damage, Hamilton said 
"six to seven rooms, mostly on 
the third and second floor and one 
room on of the first floor [were 

Second floor resident Mary 
Vargo expressed concern about 
the condition of her room upon 
learning about the incident, "I am 
really worried about my computer 
[and] I'm afraid to go into my 

The fire department received 
the call at 2:04 p.m. and immedi- 
ately responded to the situation. 
First, they stopped the remaining 
flow of water by using wooden 
wedges to plug the sprinkler 
head. Then, they worked to shut 
off the electricity and sprinkler 

The firemen tried to protect the 

students' belongings by placing 
salvage covers over the goods and 
also by using wet vacuums to 
help remove the water. In addi- 
tion, maintenance and housekeep- 
ing were called in for the more 
in-depth clean-up effort, which 
will address secondary water 
damage and mold growth. 

"Everyone's been really nice 
and offering to help clean up and 
give us rooms to stay in," said 

Five rooms were moderately to 
severely affected, according to 
Bob Graves, Director of 
Residential Life. Seven people 
are being temporarily relocated to 
other residence halls, such as 
Moore Hall and Coles Tower, so 
that facilities can repair ceilings 
and assess the damage to person- 
al property. 

"We're currently sorting out 
reimbursement and financial 
responsibility issues," Graves 
said, "and we have no idea about 
the cost of damages yet." 

Groups sue over MCAS 
high school exit exam 

Six students who failed 
Massachusetts^ Comprehensive 
Assessment System (MCAS) high 
school exit exam are suing the state of 
Massachusetts, claiming that the test 
discriminates against minorities and the 
economically disadvantaged. In addi- 
tion, the lawsuit claims that the MCAS 
is unreliable and unfair. 

The sot students are all in the Class of 
2003, with four of the plaintiffs being 
students at Holyoke Public Schools. 
The Class of 2003 is the first class that 
was required to pass the exam's English 
and math portions in order to graduate. 

Half of all Hispanic and 44 percent of 
black Massachusetts high school seniors 
did riot pass the test after three tries. The 
average failure rate for the entire state is 
19 percent 

The lawsuit seeks class-action status 
and was filed by representatives of the 
Center for Law and Education and the 
Boston Bar Association's committee for 
civil rights amongst others. De fend ant s 
include the state Board of Education, the 
state Department of Education, and 
Holyoke city schools. 

Authorities arrest 115 'date 
rape* drug traffickers 

Federal authorities recently arrested 
115 people in the United Slates and 
Canada in connection with an Internet 
drug-trafficking ring. Using the world 
Wide Web as a worldwide drug market, 
the criminals acted as leaders and mid- 
level traffickers of three related chemi- 
cal d e p re ssa nt s : GHB, GB, and 1,4 
butanediol (often called BD). 

The arrests covered 84 cities in both 

countries and came after a glut of major 

seizures on the US-Canada border by 

the U.S. Customs Service. The drugs 

y. were sold on Canadian web pages and 

shipped to purchasers, who sometimes 
acted as distributors themselves. 

Over two years, authorities seized 
33OO gallons of GBL and more than $1 
million from seven companies. Although 
the chemicals have legitimate uses in the 
industrial sector, GHB and the other 
chemicals are more widely referred to as 
"date rape" drugs. The depressants are 
sometimes used recreationalty, but often 
used to spike drinks in advance of a sexu- 
al assault. GHB and its related drugs have 
been connected to die rapes and deaths of 
women across the nation. 



Maine prepares for a 
slower leaf-peeper season 

Maine and the New England Region as 
a whole are expecting fewer leaf tourists 
this year as a resuft of the lingering effects 
of the September 11 terrorist attacks. 
Witt feara of terrorism and a stow econo- 
my, a larger proportion of foreign tourists 
cancelled their trips this year and more 
Americans from outside New England 
decided to remain closer to home. 

Typically, European travelers compose 
10 to 20 percent of foliage tourists, but 
with this year's cancellations, many 
hotels that are often booked well ahead of 
time still have vacancies. 

Complicating this year's stow leaf- 
peeping season, drought and hot summer 
temperatures will leave larger-than-aver- 
age areas of spotty color changes. With 
Columbus Day weekend felling later- 
than-usual this year, the color change will 
still corre sp ond with the peak leaf-peeper 
weekend, a staple of the multibillion-dol- 
lar regional tourist industry. 

Sea Dogs sign deal with 
Red Sox 

The Portland Sea Dogs recently 
announced that it had signed a two-year 

deal with the Boston Red Sax. Portland's 
minor league baseball team will retain its 

name, management, ownership, and 
mascot; the team's colors, however, will 
change from teal to Boston's distinctive 
red and blue. The Red Sox will supply 
players and field staff. 

The Sea Dogs have been the AA affil- 
iate of the Florida Marlins for the past 
nine years, with 81 players moving from 
the Sea Dogs to at least one major league 
at-bat for the Marlins. 

The Red Sax previously retained a 
AA affiliate in Trenton, New Jersey and 
are expected to bring some of the 
Trenton coaching staff up to Portland. 
Attending the ceremony at the Sea 
Dog's Hadlock Field were owner Dan 
Burke, general manager Charlie 
Eshbach, and members of the Red Sox 
management staff . 

The state of Texas executed a former 


College Life 

Former Texas A&M stu- 
dent executed for murder 
of fettow student 

Texas A&M student by lethal injection 
Wednesday for killing a female student 
during a home burglary eight years ear- 
lier. Ron Shamburger, 30, was convict- 
ed of killing fellow student Lori Baker 
on September 30, 1994. 

A fifth-year student, Shamburger 
broke into Baker's house, bound her 
with duct tape, and shot her in the head. 
Confronted by Baker's roommate, 
Shamburger abducted the roommate 
and stuffed her in the trunk of a car. 
While Shamburger set fire to Baker's 
house, the roommate escaped and called 
for help. Hours later, Shamburger 
turned hunseif mto police. 

Baker's murder was the test in a 
string of focal burglaries by 
Shamburger. The murder weapon, a 
9mm pistol, was purchased with a cred- 
it card stolen from Baker's home two 
days earlier.— Compiled by Kyle Statter 

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The Bowdoin Orient 

Admitted students encounter difficulty obtaining United States entry 

VISA, from page l 

In a recent New York Times article, an 
American official reported a backlog of at 
feast 100,000 visa applications, now being 
reviewed by the RBI and CIA One of 
those was a Bowdoin first-year from East 
Jerusalem. A Muslim, he applied in early 
Jury after the completion of his school 
year. Typically, the wait is one month, but 
after returning to the Israeli Ministry of 
Interior in August, officials informed him 
thai the visa was delayed. 'The consulate 
said it may take 'one day, one week, one 
month, or one year,'" said the frustrated 
first-year, "A" who wished to withold his 
name. "I asked the college to send a fetter 
of acceptance," he added 

The fact that Bowdoin is a highly 
regarded institution has no influence. 

"People wuriung the U.S. Embassies and 
Consulates across the globe may hive 
never heard of Bowdoin College up h 
Brunswick, Maine," said Dean HazfetL 
The decision depends on the mdrvidual 
student's a pp li ca ti o n ; the specific school 
plays a small role. President Barry Mills 
and senior senator, Ofympta Snowe, have 
sent personal fetters to the Chinese 
Consulate. Said Hazfett, "Her office has 
helped the college, but it's difficult to get 
specific information- We were never told 
from the consulate or Beijing the reasons 
for their denial" The delayed Palestinian 
descri b ed the Ministry of Interior as "dis- 
organized and procrastinating." 

Officials warned that he should register 
for the next semester. Bowdoin, however 
does not traditionally grant spring entry. 

"If s omething happe n e d again with the 
visa, it destroys the future," he said Like 

many countries, brad's curriculum varies 
greatly depending on post high school 
plans. If A. had been rejected, he wouldn't 
have even been able attend a local univer- 

On September 10, two weeks into 
school — well after omaaliun — A. was 
finally approved. The next day, ironically, 
Washington ordered the Israeli Consulate 
not to issue any visas. 24 hours later, after 
another fetter from Bowdoin, officials 
informed A. he could pick up a visa 

The decision now of where to place the 
two Chinese first-years is up to the admis- 
sions office. Three weeks into classes, it's 
too late to start the semester. 

"The big question is whether they'll 
ever be granted visas, it's frustrating— a 
lose-lose situation Not only for the stu- 
dents, but for Bowdoin and quite frankly, 
the United Stales," said Dean HazfetL 

Importance and determinants of Bowdoin ranking broken down and analyzed 

RANK from page 1 

fewer than twenty students. The rank- 
ings also reflect less "student-orientecr' 
variables, such as faculty resources and 
financial resources, and the alumni-giv- 
ing rate. 

After these factors are considered, the 
schools are categorized by their total 
score, relative to other schools in their 
tier. . Amherst ranked number one this 
year while Swathmore dropped to num- 
ber two with Williams. Colby College 
.ranked eighteenth this year, tied with 
Colgate and Hamilton, and Bates ranked 

number twenty-two for the second con- 
secutive year. 

Dean of Admissions Jim Milter put 
this year's ranking in perspec tiv e, noting 
"colleges bump up and down several 
notches due to miniscule differences in 
numbers and ratios." He added, 
"Number seven is great, especially con- 
sidering the schools we are com p et in g 
against" Each year, the rankings spark 
controversy and complaints from admis- 
sions offices that claim the list is mis- 
leading. High school students through- 
out the country and around the world 
often view these rankings as the defini- 

tive word on how "good" a school is. 
Many admissions officers offer the dis- 
claimer that the rankings do not reflect 
which school would best fit an individ- 
ual student's userests and personality, 
and the bottom line rank does not portray 
a complete picture of each i n stit u tion. 

Dean Miller agreed with the assess- 
ment that the rankings can often be an 
overrated instrument to evaluate col- 
leges. "I recendy read that fewer than 20 
percent of parents and students pay any 
attention to [U.S. News and World 
Report's] rankings,'' Miller said. 

English department spruces up major requirements 

ENGLISH, from page I 

specified. The 12 requirements 
include a 200-level and a 300-level 
elective in each department and eight 
from more specific categories, such 
as the English department's 
Shakespeare courses. 

"The healthy major is constantly 
reconsidering itself and revising 
itself," observed Reizbaum 

Among other changes, the depart- 
ment welcomes several new faculty 
members this semester. Veronica 
Chambers, a visiting writer-in-resi- 
dence on campus, is teaching a cre- 
ative non-fiction writing course, and 
a first-year seminar titled "The 
Literary Other: Inside Black and 
Asian Culture," which exploring con- 
nections between the minorities 
through literature. 

Aaron Kitch joins the department 
after completing a Ph.D. in 
Renaissance literature at the 

University of Chicago. He is teach- 
ing English literature of the 
Renaissance and a first-year seminar 
entitled "The Canonical Cannibal" 
this semester. In addition, visiting 
professor Mark Phillipson is teaching 
the first-year seminar "Creative 
Reading" this fall, and will teach 
English 242, "The Romantic 
Audience," in the spring. According 
to Reizbaum, Phillipson uses the web 
extensively in his courses. 

The above new faculty members 
will help replace the void created by 
several professors who have taken 
leave this year. Writer-in-residence 
Anthony Walton is on leave for the 
year, as is professor David Codings; 
while professors Celeste Goodridge 
and William Watterson are on leave 
for the fall semester only. 

A complete list of requirements for 
the English and Theater interdiscipli- 
nary major is available in the College 

Students display summer research at CSC poster fair 

CSC, from page I 

"Stories from Soil, Landscape, and 
People: Discovering the Land use of 
the Coastal Studies Center." Atwood 
concluded that "by combining the 
collected data with historical records, 
we are able to reconstruct the physi- 
cal layouts" of the farms that were 
located in the surrounding area of the 

Joy Giguere '03 and Heflich 
worked on a project that used archae- 
ological investigation in order to 
determine the cultural and natural 
factors that formed the shell middens 
in Brewer Cove of Orr's Island. By 
studying the age and harvest date of 
the shells they found in the area, 
Giguere and Heflich were able to 
conclude, "whatever pre-colonial 
communities inhabited the area had 

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harvested shellfish mainly during the 
spring and summer months." 
However, because they found little 
evidence of actual inhabitation, they 
concluded, "communities did not live 
on this exact spot." 

In addition to individual research 
projects, die Coastal Studies Center 
has also allowed for the construction 
of an online database, created and 
maintained by Biology laboratory 
instructor David Guay and students. 
The database will serve as a "one-step 
resource for taxonomy and natural 
history" as well as a source for 
"teaching and learning about marine 
organisms," according to Guay and 
sophomore Michelle Weaver's 
research poster. Not only will the 
database be useful for "marine biolo- 
gy courses here at Bowdoin" it will 
also be useful for "anyone, anywhere, 
who's interested in marine biodiversi- 
ty," it said. 

The Coastal Studies Center is 
located on Orr's Island about 25 min- 
utes away from Bowdoin, and stu- 
dents with van training can borrow 
college vans to access the property 


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The Bowdoin Orient 

Hershey is sweeter than most 

The candy company gives both tasty morsels and good morals 

Finances Today 

Timothy Riemer 


With all the corporate malfea- 
sance over the past year, il very 
refreshing to sec a company like 

Foodl actu- _ . . . 
ally listen to 
and the 

about what it should do. and actu- 
ally act in their best interest. 

The Hershey Trust Co.. whish 
controls 77 percent of the compa- 
ny's shareholder votes and 31 per- 
cent of common slock, decided 
against the sale late Tuesday lis- 
tening to the complaints of 
investors, employees and the com- 
munity in which Hershey is locat- 

The Hershey Trust Co. is a char- 
itable trust whose sole beneficiary 
is the Milton Hershey School for 
disadvantaged children. Hershey 
Foods is deeply intertwined with 
its surrounding area of Derry 
Township. Pennsylvania and any 
type of change would have had a 
profound effect on this communi- 

However, there is something 
about this decision that, at least to 
me. has much broader implica- 
tions. Why should I be so shocked 

Courtesy of bbc com 

Dennis Kozlowskt. CEOP of 
Tyco Ltd., who is smiling 
much less these days. 

by the good actions of the Hershey 
Trust Co.. or for that matter of any 
company? In my opinion these 
types of news stories should be the 
norm, not the exception. 

We should be hearing more sto- 
ries like those of Calvin Broadus. 
more commonly known as Snoop 
Dogg. who has achieved acclaim 
not only as a rapper, but now also 
an entrepreneur of sorts, his efforts 
culminating in a story about his 
recent successes on the front page 
of the Wall Street Journal. 

We should hear fewer stories 
about people like Martha Stewart, 
and Dennis Kozlowski. who is 
now charged with ninning a crimi- 
nal enterprise and grand larceny 
(among other charges) for stealing 
more than $170 million from Tyco 

This has instilled in me a great 
distrust in corporate America, as it 
has for many Americans. This dis- 
trust, however, has taken on a 
greater significance for me this 

As I have begun my search for a 
joh next year. 1 have come to the 
realization that almost every com- 
pany that 
I am 

in apply- 
ing to has 
faced or is 
facing some sort of charge of cor- 
porate wrongdoing in the past year. 
This has serious implications on 
my future, not just because these 
firms might not be able to hire me 
(not that they would anyway), but 
if one of these firms did actually, 
out of some act lunacy, decide to 
hire me. and I decided to work for 
them — investing my future in the 
company — what is to say that this 
company would not commit an act 
of misconduct again? Thus ending 
up like Enron 
or WorldCom, 
leaving me 
without a job. 

As seniors — 
those of us who 
are in search 
for jobs next 
year — we must 
consider in our 
job search the 
risk of horren- 
dous cases, 
such as Enron 
and WorldCom, 
where corpo- 
rate malfea- 
sance has led to 
the downfall of 
these compa- 
nies, and has unfortunately effect- 
ed the well being of many of their 
employees due to lost pensions and 

In our job searches, we must 
look for aspects or actions that 
companies have taken that instill a 

Kahtahdin and more 

BOC notes for this week 

Courtesy of 

Snoop Dogg, a.k.a. Calvin 
Broadus, has had much suc- 
cess, both within and outside 
the rap world. 

Courtesy of 

No longer just a candy compa- 
ny, Hershey Foods has become 
of a model of corporate behav- 

belief that there is no risk or little 
risk of such misconduct occurring 

My overall point here is that we 
should look for companies to work 
for like Hershey Foods; companies 
that respect their employees and 
the community. 
I am not trying to give a sermon 
here, despite the 
resemblance to 
one, but this is a 
consideration that 
I do not think 
classes before 
have had to con- 

It is true that 
one has always 
had to consider 
the risk of a com- 
pany floundering 
because of poor 
economic times, 
but never before 
this year has any- 
one really consid- 
ered the risk of a 
company floun- 
dering because of unethical corpo- 
rate practices or excessive greed. 
The risk of a company going under 
due to corporate greed or malfea- 
sance has now become as impor- 
tant a factor as any other in the job 
search process. 

Bowdoin Builds 

Kristin Pollock 

Orient Staff 

Bowdoin Builds, Bowdoin's chap- 
ter of Habitat for Humanity 
International, broke ground this past 
Wednesday. September II, in 
Bowdoinham, Maine. The ground- 
breaking ceremony is paramount 
because it marks the inaugural build 
of the Bowdoin College chapter. 

Bowdoin Builds looks forward to 
their first project; this first house will 
be built for a two-parent family with 
four children. The driveway has been 
cut and concrete will be poured this 
week; the house frame will go up this 
Saturday. September 21. 

Habitat for Humanity International 
provides housing for underprivileged 
families throughout the world. 
During the history of the organiza- 
tion. Habitat for Humanity has built 
over a 100.000 homes. "Bowdoin 
Builds" is the third college chapter of 
Habitat for Humanity International in 
the state of Maine. 

This particular project is noted for 
its conscientious use of environmen- 
tal friendly supplies; when possible, 
the project will rely on recycled and 

environmentally-safe materials for 
the build. This project is one of the 
first "Green Building Projects" of 
Habitat for Humanity International. 

Bowdoin Builds encourages all 
interested: groups, clubs, teams, 
roommates, individuals can sign-up 
to volunteer. No prior experience is 
necessary; trained crew leaders are 
on-site and available to train any indi- 
vidual who wishes to get more 

Bowdoin Builds seeks volunteers 
for every Friday, Saturday, and 
Sunday to participate in the build. 
Please visit the Smith Union 
Information Desk to sign-up for this 
worthwhile cause. Bowdoin Builds 
will build this semester until 
December 8. and continues through 

Bowdoin Builds seeks volunteers, 
Friday 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., 
Saturday 9:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.. and 
Sunday 9:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The 
project will continue, also, over fall 
break, for all those interested in 
devoting the break to a super service 
project. For more information contact 
Lydia Bell or 

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Courtesy of 
Mount Kahtahdin, site of the BOC overnight this upcoming week. 

Cecily Upton 


This past weekend was a busy one 
at the BOC, with all of our trips 
going out at maximum capacity. In 
fact, most of the trips filled up early 
last week, leaving some disappoint- 
ed people on the waiting list. 

Yet, all of the trips had a great 
time. The highlight of last weekend 
was the overnight trip to Baxter 
State Park. This trip filled up by 
mid-day Monday, and the lucky 
ones, blessed by the weather, 
climbed to the summit of Mount 
Katahdin, the highest mountain in 

We also sent out an overnight flat- 
water canoe trip to Lake Umbagog, 
a climbing day-trip, and another 
crazy Whitewater trip to the Dead 

As for this weekend, there will be 
two day-trips 
going out. 
On Saturday, 
Hayes 03 
and Gia 
'05 will lead 
a fearless 
group of sea 
kayakers out 
onto the wild 
waters of 
Casco Bay. 

Sunday, a 

canoe trip will introduce its partici- 
pants to some of the beautiful rivers 
and lakes of Maine. Both of these 
activities, Sea kayaking and canoe- 
ing, only have a few weeks left in 
their season. Be sure to get out 

There are lots of great trips 
planned for next weekend. We have 
two spectacular overnights both 
leaving on Friday, and several great 
day trips. 

If you missed Katahdin last time, 
be sure to get to the OLC early on 
September 23 to sign-up for the 
final Katahdin weekend of the 
semester. There will also be a 
Whitewater overnight going to the 
Rapid River. If you have ever read 
Louise Dickenson Rich's book We 
Took to the Woods, this is the river it 
takes place on! And if you haven't 
read it, you should 

On Sunday, there will be a climb- 

Courtesy of 

Lake Umbagog* where the BOC recent' 
ly tent a flatwater canoe trip. 

ing trip to the Camden Hills, and 
also another sea kayaking outing. 

Besides our trips, the BOC also 
plans other activities and events. 
Last week, the BOC selected 12 stu- 
dents to participate in our leadership 
training program. 

Those who were picked complet- 
ed an in-depth application, and 
endured a grueling interview, lead- 
ership training teaches students all 
they need to know in order to lead a 
trip into the wilderness. 

Basic skills about tents, stoves, 
and camping are integrated with 
more individualized knowledge of 
canoeing, kayaking, backpacking, 
snowshoeing, etc. Over the semes- 
ter the LTer's (as they are affection- 
ately called) attend weekly meet- 
ings, go on several trips, and are 
also certified as Wilderness First 
Responders during an eight-day 

This pro- 
gram occurs 
semester, so 
if you are 
stay tuned to 
hear when 
the selection 
process for 
the spring 
will take 
week also offers plenty of opportu- 
nities for education as well. We are 
not solely about brute strength here 
at the BOC. Tuesday, September 24 
at 7 p.m., Gina Low from the 
Association for Promoting 
Conservation and Education in 
Amazonia will be speaking about 
opportunities for students in health 
apd conservation. 

On Wednesday, there is an open 
pool session for kayaking from 7 
p.m. to 9 p.m. For those interested 
in Sea Kayaking, there will be an 
introductory class on Thursday from 
3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The OLC is also 
open at night from 7 p.m. to 1 1 p.m. 
on Sunday-Thursday nights, with 
scheduled and unscheduled events. 
Stop by to study or hang out, you 
may just learn how to tie flies with 
Mike (Mon. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.) or do 
crafts/cooking with Kara (Toes. 7 
p.m. to 9 p.m). 

The Bowdoin Orient 


September 20, 2002 

WWII: Maine's men 

World War II Series 


Kid Wongsrichanalai 
Staff Writer 

From the fields of Antietam to the 
Marne and the island of lwo Jima, 
Bowdoin men have served their 
country and served it proudly. 

Why must so much revolve around 
that one ship and one island? Where 
does it link up with Bowdoin College's 
proud history? The answers to these 
questions lie upon another memorial, 
enshrined in another form, forever 
housed against the west wing of 
Hubbard Hall - The Bowdoin 

On that marble monument, the 
names of Bowdoin men who fell in the 
Second World War as well as the 
Korean and Vietnam conflicts are 
etched against a white background 

For the family members and the 
friends of those men who found their 
names remembered in such a fashion 
there is much power in the simple 
shrine to 

Yet, for 
the every 
day occu- 
pant of the 

College, walking to and from Gibson 
Hall or Hawthorne-Longfellow 
Library, there is little recognition of the 
Memorial. It is there, many will 
vaguely remember but the names for 
most who see it are lifeless — distant 
men from a distant era long past and 
not long remembered 

The same effect is observed when 
many pass the memorial plaques to 
Bowdoin men in the Civil War and the 
flagpole memorial to those who served 
in the first Great War. 

As long as there has been America 
there has been a tradition of war. And 
while historians may debate the mean- 
ings or the causes of these conflicts it is 
often important to remember not only 
the politics and the hatreds that 
unleashed the beast of war, but also the 
simple men and women who had no 
choice but to be dragged into one. 

For almost as long as there has been 
America, there has also been Bowdoin 

What the United States has endured 
since 1794, so too has this small col- 
lege in Maine. From the threatening 
days of the Civil War — where 
Bowdoin sent more of her sons (per- 
centage wise) than any other college or 
university towards the Union 
cause — to the dark new age of 

mechanical war, Bowdoin men have 
been on the forefront of the battle- 

From the fields of Antietam to the 
Marne and the island of lwo Jima, 
Bowdoin men have served their coun- 
try and served it proudly. 

Indeed, one of her greatest crises 
came when the veil of despot darkness 
descended upon a war-weary and 
depressed globe. 

It was a time for valor and simple 
faith in the ideals of righteousness and 
freedom From Bowdoin's halls, many 
sons answered the call; many did not 

Those "honored dead" as Abraham 
Lincoln called another generation of 

sons on the 
fields of 
are remem- 
bered by 
the Bowdoin Memorial, and it is hoped 
that this series of articles will remem- 
ber them to you. 

Perhaps the names will mean some- 
thing and a generation that is slowly 
backing away towards the dimming of 
their time will come alive again to you, 
the reader and you may be reminded of 
what great things they had endured and 

The Bowdoin Memorial is flanked 
by two markers, which bear quotes 
from two other Bowdoin men from 
long ago, in the period of the 
Napoleonic charge and the dashing 

Both rose to great fame and glory in 
their professions and one of them, a 
member of the class of 1852, fondly 
recalling the marching men of the 
Grand Army of the Republic wrote as 
his generation's light was setting: 

They will come together again 
under higher bidding, and will know 
their place and name. This army will 
live, and live on, so long as soul shall 
answer soul, so long as that flag 
watches with its stars over fields of 
mighty memory... 

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Mononucleosis: The whole story 

Ask Dr. Jeff - 

Jeff Benson, M.D. 

Dudley Coe Health Center 

Dear Dr. Jeff: "I was recently 
seen at the Health Center for a sore 
throat. You thought it might be 
mono. You did some blood tests, 
which came back negative, but you 
said that didn t mean I didn "l have 
mono. I'm confused.'" C.L 


Infectious Mononucleosis is a 
contagious illness characterized by 
fever, sore throat, swollen lymph 
nodes, and often severe weakness 
and fatigue. It is caused by Epstein 
Barr Virus, a member of the 
Herpesvirus family, which infects 
the cells lining your nose and throat 
as well as B cell lymphocytes 
(white blood cells). Viral DNA is 
incorporated into B cell DNA, and 
these transformed B cells carry the 
infection to other organs in your 
body, especially your liver and 

Early childhood infection with 
Epstein Ban Virus is common 
(pretty well the norm in the devel- 
oping world), and usually results in 
a barely noticeable "cold". In the 
United States, about 30 percent of 
children have been infected by the 
age of S, and another 25 percent by 
the end of high school. About 12 
percent of susceptible college-age 
men and women are infected each 
year with the virus, and about half 
of them develop clinical mononu- 
cleosis. That means that nearly one 
in SO students come down with 
mono every year. 

Transmission of Epstein Barr 
Virus takes place through contact 
with infected saliva (hence mono as 
the "kissing disease"). The incuba- 

tion period is about 30 to 45 days, 
and the .illness typically lasts two to 
four weeks. The period of communi- 
cability, however, is prolonged, and 
viral shedding in saliva begins dur- 
ing the incubation period, and may 
persist for a year or more after the 
infection has resolved. 

Mono does not usually need to be 
treated. Sometimes, though, it causes 
your tonsils to enlarge so much and 
to become so painful that a brief 
course of Prednisone is indicated. 
Generally, treatment is supportive: 
rest and plenty of fluids. Mono caus- 
es inflammation of your liver, so 
alcohol and medications which can 
affect your liver (e.g. Tylenol and 
Accutane) must be avoided. 
Inflammation of your liver, in turn, 
can cause swelling of your spleen, so 
contact sports should also be avoided 
during your illness. 

When B cells are infected with 
Epstein Barr Virus, they produce a 
variety of new antibodies, among 
them the "heterophile antibody". 
Most "mono tests" (for instance, the 
"Monospot" test we use at the Health 
Center) look for this heterophile 
antibody in your serum. This may 
seem straightforward enough, but 
test results can be difficult to inter- 
pret. While the antibody is detectable 
in about 90 percent of people at some 
point during their illness, it may 
appear earlier or later. It usually dis- 
appears three or four months after 
the infection has run its course, but it 
may persist longer. In other words, a 
monospot test might be falsely nega- 
tive if done too early, or falsely pos- 
itive if done too soon after a prior 
(and resolved) infection — and "too 

early" might mean anywhere from 1 
to four weeks, and "too soon" might 
mean six months or more! 

This heterophile antibody is kind 
of interesting. It is not protective 
against the Epstein Barr Virus itself. 
It is produced by infected B cells, 
under the "orders" of the incorporat- 
ed viral DNA, and it reacts with the 
red blood cells of other species (like 
hamsters and sheep): hence "het- 
erophile". Antibodies directed 
against Epstein Barr Virus itself are 
also made soon after infection (but 
only by uninfected T cells and B 
cells). These other antibodies are 
felt to confer long-term immunity, 
and their presence is also more 
straightforwardly diagnostic of an 
acute infection. Unfortunately, they 
can be detected only by laboratory 
tests, which are less common, and 
far more expensive. 

B cells infected with Epstein Barr 
Virus have an atypical appearance 
under the microscope, and the pres- 
ence of large numbers of "atypical 
lymphocytes" is another important 
laboratory sign of Infectious 
Mononucleosis. It is not, however, 
terribly specific. In fact, many dif- 
ferent viral illnesses also cause an 
increase in atypical lymphocytes, 
including those which also cause 
mono-like illnesses nearly indistin- 
guishable from Epstein Barr Virus 
infection (like Cytomegalovirus, 
Human Herpesvirus Type 6, 
Toxoplasmosis, and Rubella). 

So, diagnosis of mono can be a 
little complicated. Usually, with a 
little time and repeat lab tests, we 
can figure it out. Mono may cause a 
fair amount of short-term misery, 
but it is, fortunately, almost always 
short-lived, and rarely causes com- 

Be well! 

Jeff Benson, M.D. 
Dudley Coe Health Center 

The Bowdoin Crossword 


1 Counterfeit 
5 Child 
9 Husks 

14 Use a keyboard 

15 Assistant 

16 Wear away 

17 Stable gear 

18 Jam 

19 Rich man 

20 Doldrums 

22 Mine openings 

24 Waggle 

25 Small rooftop 


27 Throb 

31 Starling 

32 Terminate 

34 Bench 

35 One's good 
38 Fall mo. 

40 Sugar-free brand 

42 Hues 

44 Escudo 

46 Constrict 

47 Bye 

48 Pater 

50 Institution (abbr.) 

51 Ump 

52 Snip 

55 Person, place or thing 

57 Beech 

59 Tweeter's oppostie 

61 Ripen 

64 Humans 

66 Nominated 

68 Top level 

71 Italian currency 

73 Breathing need 

74 Household insect 

75 Maintain 

76 Land mass 

77 Upper body 

78 SUnk 
79. Prophet 


1 Spread 

2 Laughing dog 

3 Imitating 

4 Restaurant listing 

5 Western Athletic 


6 Aircraft occupied 

7 Gem State 

8 Woman 

9 Delivered by post 

10 Throw out 

11 Extort 

12 Hubbub 

13 Cobweb 
21 Gelid 




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Last month 








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Lower leg 




One who is honored 


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Tall tree 






_ Oyl (Popeyes girl) 




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annual pu 

Many of v 
and senior ye. 
stacks of collegv 
to guide teenager. 

Once we receive 

thrown away this stac 

younger sibling, right? 

Many of us were dishes 
slipped two notches in Bes> 
shared spot at number seven s 

The triviality of these ranku 
effect on the manner in which we 
tutions for that matter. 

Any given graduate from Amherst i 
not have necessarily enjoyed a better c, 
his or her Bowdoin counterpart. 

Colby graduates will not find themselves 
tage when compared to Bowdoin alumni bet 
World Report decided that the White Mules wt 
the eighteenth best liberal arts education avail* 


When we rise in the rankings, we're quick to pa 
milestone of improvement. But in years Jike these, whe, 
ourselves slipping, we're also quick to discount the n. 
these standings. Secretly, though, we've all have checks 
rankings, and we're all concerned with how we fared. 

Since one's college education is only as great as he or shv 
decides it should be. annual rankings should have no effect on us 
as high school graduates who have already made, our choices. 
We mailed our letters of intent to matriculate at Bowdoin College 
a long time ago. 

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newcomers , 
nity about wh. 
of the proud m 

In the 1960s, ah 
poor Americans had b 
ed and publicized, Prest 
Baines Johnson announce 
tive he called the United Sta, 
on Poverty.** It consisted of » 
federal programs designee 
improve the lives and prospects 
those "left behind" in our nation 
remarkable economic success, and it 
was big news. 

At Bowdoin it was a hot issue, and 
a group of students and faculty mem- 
bers formed a loose knit group called 
Merrymecung Community Action to 
help fight the war on poverty in the 
Brunswick area. Some key figures 
were Bowdoin professors Paul 
Hazelton and John Rensenbrink, 
local druggist Louis Drapeau, and 
Bowdoin student David Solmitz '65. 
It soon became apparent that a 
more comprehensive approach was 
needed, and in 1972, Merrymeeting 
Community Action was disbanded 
and the Coastal Economic 
Development Corporation (CED) 
was fonried and incorporated. CED 
is a non-profit corporation and is 
structured according to a national 
model as a CAP (Community Action 
Program) Agency. 

For instance, following the CAP 
model, representatives of low- 
income people, elected officials, and 
the private sector each comprise one 
third of CED's board. CED's name 
reflects the fact that the area it serves 
is larger than Brunswick and 
includes, among others, the towns of 
Bath, Topsham, Dawariscotta. and 

UNI ilnJaaiann 

Wh« does CED do? h applies for 
grants from the federal and stale gov- 




Bowdoin p 
tors. Currently 
Economics Dep*. 
treasurer, and I ser\ 

I like to think of 
work for CED as the i, 
the war on poverty. The. 
well conceived and effectrv 
important, and discouraging, 
ize that more than 35 years * 
was declared, we have not won 
war. All of us at Bowdoin, when, 
we come from affluent backgrounds 
or not. live a privileged life while we 
are here. All around us are people 
who are not as fortunate as we are. 

Bowdoin students who doubt that 
they can make an impact on the 
Brunswick cotnrnunity in the four 
short years they are here should 
remember David Solmitz. What he 
and his friends helped start years ago 



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Sincerely, k\ 

Madeleine Msall 
Associate Pr of e ss or 


The Bowdoin Orient 


September 20, 2002 

Bowdoin Failed September 11 

Todd Buell 


Last year after the attacks of 
September 11, our school came 
together in a solemn, mournful, and 
supportive way that I will never for- 

One of my proudest moments as a 
Bowdoin student was watching us 
place all of our temporal concerns 
aside and help those in our communi- 
ty who had expe- 

rienced unimagin- 
able personal 
grief on that day. 

Conversely, I 
was disappointed 
in the dearth of 
ceremony and 

solemnity on the one-year anniver- 
sary. I understand that the day held 
deeply divergent and personal mean- 
ing to many students. Some wanted 
private solitude and contemplation, 
while others generally wanted it to be 
another day. 

Yet an ambivalent student popula- 
tion does not preclude a reflective 
ceremony. That is what New York 
City and other municipalities did 
across the country. Nowhere were 
people required to stay home from 
work, but nearly everywhere there 
were meaningful reminders of the 
events of a year ago. 

I realized that we needed a formal 
ceremony on September 11, 2002, 
when I woke up early that morning 
and was walking across the quad. I 
remember every minute detail of my 
day on September 11, 2001, and I 
remember strolling across the quad 
on that day as well. Both September 
1 1 last year and this year were lovely 
late-summer mornings. 

Our lack of recognition 
served as an unfortunate 
validation of the 
"Bowdoin Bubble." 

I empathized with some New 
Yorkers who intimated in a recent 
New York Times issue that the simi- 
larity in the weather between this 
year and last year made remembering 
September 11 more painful. Despite 
the temptation, our memories would 
not allow us to experience a beautiful 
day in the same way. 

Just as I will never forget 
September 11,1 will never forget the 
emptiness that I felt a year later on 
Bowdoin's quad. I thought of how 
moving it would have been if we had 
been able to come together as a com- 
munity the way 

we did in the 
days after the 
attacks last year. 
. Unfortunately, 
we turned 

September 1 1 
into another day 
in the calendar. There seemed to be 
little — if any — formal recognition 
that multiple Bowdoin alumni died 
on that day along with friends and 
family members of current Bowdoin 

Some people make the argument 
that those students who did feel a 
deep sense of 
personal loss 
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11 had the 
option to not 
attend class 
or engage in 
a private 
exercise of 
r e m e m - 

brance by perhaps attending one of 
the many local church services com- 
memorating the occasion. 

This logic, however, fails to grasp 
the severity of the attack. It treats the 
attacks of September 1 1 as a profes- 

Our failure to recognize 
September 1 1 this year with 
the same solemnity.. .as most 
of the country did disregards 
the connection with the rest 
of the world that we forged 
last year. 

sor would treat a student's death in 
the family: an excuse for class 
absence, but not a reason to halt the 
course. Though the attacks hit. some 
members of the Bowdoin community 
harder than others, it hit us all with a 
level of shock and intensity that 
requires pause and reflection. 

We all know where we were when 
the attacks hit, and our lives will for- 
ever be changed by the images of the 
towers falling. 

Rarely in history has the entire 
face and psyche of a nation changed 
in less than two hours. In that time 
period, we were forced out of the 
"Bowdoin Bubble" and were con- 
fronted with the fragile reality that is 
our world. 

Our failure to recognize 
September 1 1 this year with the same 
solemnity, gravity, and respect as 
most of the country did disregards 
the connection with the outside 
world that we forged last year. Our 
lack of recognition served as an 
unfortunate validation of the 
"Bowdoin bubble." 

It would have been appropriate for 
us to do what President Mills sug- 
gested it was not necessary for us to 

do — to 
"relive the 
events of 
that day." 
We should 
have done 
what the 
suggested in the most recent issue of 
National Review: "stop all public 
activities and observe an official 
period of silence, the first of a yearly 
institutionalized hour of remem- 

There would have been nothing 
inappropriate if the college had 
decided to cancel classes and activi- 
ties in the morning of September 11. 
A memorial service on the quad, if 
there were no other conflicts, would 
have been a powerful and meaning- 
ful way for our campus to reunite, 
grieve, and reflect as it did after the 


For many on this campus, 
September 11, 2002, was a day of 
indescribable personal pain. For all 
of us it was a day of difficult but nec- 
essary remembrance. 

Our school should have helped us 
in our journey to remember and heal 
in the same ways that it did last year 

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Aimee Tow 

Staff Writer 

In 1998, less than 20 percent of 
American citizens from 18 to 24 
voted. Why are young people not 
going to the polls? Nobody knows 
for sure, but there are a few theories 
to explain why college students do 
not vote. 

The first theory is that students 
have so much on their plate already 

that they 

The "lazy" theory says that 

some students are just too lazy 

to get off their asses to go to 

the polls on a Tuesday.... 

just don't 
have time 
to go to the 

Jay has 
a 25 page 
paper due, a soccer game, and an 
orgo mid-term all on November S, 
also known as Election Day. He's 
not thinking about anything except 
how he's going to survive until the 
one-article-of-clothing campus- 
wide at Quimby on Friday. 

Another theory is that many stu- 
dents do not know about the issues. 
They feel like since they cannot 
make an educated contribution, 
they just won't make one at all. 
Most students at Bowdoin are not 
from the state of Maine, or even if 
they are, they're caught entirely 
caught up in the infamous Bowdoin 
Bubble and have no idea what's 

going on in the "real world". The 
"Catch-22" theory states that stu- 
dents feel like the candidates who 
are running are not addressing the 
issues they care about. Since they 
are not interested in the issues, they 
just do not vote. 

Since students just don't vote, 
the candidates don't talk about the 
issues that students care about It's 
a vicious repetitive cycle. 
The "lazy" theory says that some 
students are 
just too lazy 
to get off 
their asses 
to go to the 
polls on a 
This can be seen in Bowdoin stu- 
dents when they complain about 
how much farther Thome is than 

There are many important races 
in Maine this year, including the 
governor, the U.S. Senate, and the 
U.S. House of Representatives. 

Register to vote during the ALL- 
DAY Voter Registration Drive on 
Tuesday, September 24. 

Keep reading the Orient to stay 
informed about the candidates or 
visit and 

Then get out and VOTE on 
Tuesday, November 5. 


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why I chose to go to schc 
the cold state of Maine. 

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I was not hip, I was k 
jiggy with it. My hack- 
consisted of tight hlack V 
a tie-dyed shirt. 

my lack of coolness, even as I 
realize that Bowdoin, as Ritalin 
so correctly assessed, is riddled 
with cliques. 

But as I think about my school 
years of past. I can't help but 
think that being "cool." that 
being a part of the "right" thing, 
has been an intrinsic factor of 
my education. 

This is ironic, perhaps, in an 
American culture that preaches 

Yet "fitting in" is so forma- 
tive, so influential, that even as 
a senior in college, the question 
of being "cool" still rings rele- 

Perhaps my educational 
endeavor is beginning to come 
full circle, and thoughts of years 
in grade school creep up as I 
potentially face my last. 

Sometimes it seems like ages 
ago when I roamed the halls of 
grade school, but other times it 
seems quite recently, perhaps 
because memories of my very 
uncool years-are so prominent 
even today. 

Let's just say fifth grade was 
not a great year for me. 

I was not hip, I was not with 
it, let alone jiggy with it. 

My back-to-school outfit in 
fifth grade consisted of tight 
black "riding" pants and a tie- 
dyed shirt. 

Not the best of outfits for your 
first day of school in a town to 
which you just moved. 

the bus ride 
thing but the 

I would get on 
morning and choost 
the relative front, k 
place — even now — to St 

I would "squish in" 
way to the window, and st. 
the hand turkeys blazoned 
the window that the previov 

Of course, I laugh at < 
at the teasing, the unco< 
after all, when you're 2 1 k 
he comfortable with who yc 

uncool kid had left behind. 

I would sit and peer at the 
roadside, anxiously gripping my 
school bag as if my books and 
my lunch were the only things I 

It was not before long that I 
became the target of jeers and 
taunts of the older, cooler 
eighth-grade boys. 

I earned my first nickname in 
fifth grade. Perhaps it was 
because I did not talk, or 
because I was alone in a school 
system that demanded friends, 
that I piqued their interest. 

And sure enough, day after 
day. they would come sit with 
me on the bus. 1 refused to talk 
to them, refused to respond to 
their teasing, even after they 

when you're 
be comfortabi 

But it's obviow 
place like Bowdoin, 
ing to the right gro 
cool kids, is an all to, 
nent, if not implicit, t 
being a Bowdoin student. 

Some would hope that in 
lect, or even a greater sense v 
right and wrong, would break 
down the necessity to be a cer- 
tain way. 

But being with peers breeds 
cliques, and cliques breed peer 

But at this point in my educa- 
tion, I realize that whether 
you're with the cool kids or not, 
it's okay to be lukewarm. 

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it took our cowboy 
President to make 
them see it. 

I have leapt to 
the conclusion that 
a military strike 
will be necessary, 
although there is 
new talk of U.N. 
weapons inspec- 
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The Bowdoin Orient 


September 20, 2002 

Living the best years of our lives 

Lara Jacobs 


Anytime I expressed dissatisfac- 
tion with aspects of high school, 
adults always responded, "Just wait 
till college." Then you will be living 
the "best years of your life." 

By the time I arrived at the polar 
bear statue guarding Smith Union, 
my expectations of Bowdoin and of 

thing. I explained to her that my goal if I do ooe familiar thing each day in 
for college was to "do everything." the midst of twenty-five that are new 
Luckily for me. Professor Hunter and scary; that it does take time to 

had much more sense than I, and 
simply said, "You won't. 

You can't possibly do every- 
thing" — at the end of your four 
years there will always be that phi- 
losophy class you wish you hadn't 
missed, or that sky-diving club you 

I explained to [my advisor] that my goal for col- 
lege was to "do everything." Luckily for me, [she] 
had much more sense than I, and simply said, . 
"You. won't. You can't possibly do 
everything." — at the end of your four years there 
will always he that philosophy class you wish you 
hadn't missed, or that sky-diving club you wish 
you had tried. 

myself were overpowering. 

Meeting best friends for life in the 
first two days, attending mind- 
expanding lectures on the Middle 
East, trying crew (not usually an 
option in landlocked Colorado), and 
writing for die Orient all fought for 
precedence in my thoughts, along 
with tile more personal expectations 
to be more outgoing, to try some- 
thing scary each day, to 'Tit in" to 
the microcosm known as the East 

After a week of speeches inspir- 
ing first-years to "take advantage" 
of everything Bowdoin offers and 
not live a life of "what ifs," during 
which my advisor, Mary Hunter, 
asked what I feared most about col- 
lege, all of the expectations, speech- 
es and activity fairs boiled over into 
a tangible fear of missing some- 

adjust to a place where it seems the 
majority of the student body is 
"from right outside of Boston" and 
Wal-Mart is the exciting activity of 
choice for a Saturday afternoon (a 
little much for a girl from Boulder, 

Thus, I attend activity meetings, 
until I have such a plethora of hand- 
outs they could last as fuel for a 
month, to find what I really want to 
be a part of. 

I get up my courage and question 
upperclassmen at the library to find 
out which classes will make me 
question the way I look at the worki 

I meet at least 100 people to find 
seven close friends. The world may 
be my oyster, but it's still my job to 
crack open the shell to find the pearl. 

In addition to helping me redefine 
my goals. Professor Hunter left me 
with one more piece of advice: 
"embrace the monkey wrench.** 

Throughout your time in college, 
embrace the class outside your 

wish you had tried. 

Later, while reading die 75 emails 
from all forty-five dubs I signed up 
for at the activities fair,! appraciat- 
ed for the first time how limited 
these four years are, and realized 
that college is a 
reckoning of sorts — 
a coming to terms Later, while reading the 75 emaUs from all forty 

with who you are five clubs I signed up for at the activities fair, I 

versus who you appreciated for the first time how limited these 

four years are, and realized that college is a reck 

oning of sorts - a coming to terms with who you 

are versus who you expect yourself to he. 

expected yourself to 

Through many 
trials and many 
more errors, I've 
realized that "being 
more outgoing" means meeting five 
new people today, not joining the 
debate team; that crossing the coun- 
try to go to a college where I didn't 
know anyone means that I'm lucky 

major that makes you seriously 
question and rethink what you want 
to do with your life. 

Embrace the friend that comes 
from a different political or religious 

background than you do and thus 
questions or disproves your assump- 
tions. Embrace the moment of 
recognition when it dawns on you 
that even though you've taken 
French for the past six years of your 
life, you're ready to try something 

Embrace that which will poten- 
tially alter your carefully planned 
path to who you thought you were 
and where you thought you were 

For me, this has meant taking 
classes on symphonies and on 
Dante's Divine Comedy, discover- 
ing I love the ocean as much as the 
mountains, replacing the fiction next 
to my bed with biographies of Dante 
and studies of Florence — and my 
CD player now holds Beethoven's 
9th instead of U2. 

Nevertheless, embracing monkey 
wrenches not only encompasses 
welcoming the new parts of myself, 
but also accepting what's already 
here— I'm not a soccer player or 
rower, I'd rather change the status 
quo through an editorial than an. 

The point is that I 
am no longer wait- 
ing for college, I'm 
here. And Bowdoin, 
just like most things 
in life, is what I 
make of it. 

This process of 
self-discovery, of 
replacing expecta- 
tions of situations and of myself 
with the reality of who I am and 
what I enjoy doing just might make 
these next four years the best of my 


What's your favorite 
thing about class? 

Nick Adams *06 

"Arguing with 

Kacy Karhn '05 

'Getting out of it/ 

Sw—ns V3, Bmrty '03, 

'It kills time 
between meals/ 

Phmlos Clark* '03 

"The professors' 
corny jokes." 

Bill Jm«t 'OS 

"Sleeping through it." 

Emily ShmfRM *06 

"Professor Corish's 

bare feet in 
philosophy class." 

CosarAvilm '04 

"When professors 
bring food." 

Hans Law '05 

"The moments of 


and Dan 









I have read numerous times that 
students have very little faith in the 
government's power to create 

We like to invest ourselves in 
non-profits to fight hunger and 
poverty and human rights abuses, 
but we don't like to tackle our own 

I like to think that I am in a good 
place when it comes to talking about 

I come from a conservative fami- 
ly whose ideology I challenge often, 
but I am incapable of calling those 
on the right "fascist bastards,'' as 
certain people on this campus seem 

I don't see how calling 
a group of people 'lib- 
eral loons" helps make 
the "fascist bastards"* 
point any stronger. 

to think it is fair to do. 
. And I understand why we have 
lost faith in government, besides the 
point that few politicians inspire 
very much confidence. We can't 
trust each other. 

While I dislike the general opin- 
ion towards political issues on this 
campus, which interacts with them 
on a level of distanced consent or 
vague acknowledgement, I find the 
alternative of name calling even 

I don't see how calling a group of 
people liberal loons'' helps make 
the "fascist bastards"* point any 

I also find it difficult to treat 
someone who says, "I'm right and 
they're wrong" with a good amount 
of respect Sticking to an ideology 
poses a number of problems because 
it blocks out the possibility of a dif- 
ferent side. 

We are here, after all, getting an 
education that teaches us to 
acknowledge the complexities in 

Our tagging system makes it infi- 
nitely worse, because we brand 
someone based on an idea. 

We like so-and-so, but regretfully 
she's too conservative. 

We enjoy John's company, but 
he's too liberal. 

Disagreements can breed the best 
learning environments, but only 
when an opening for understanding 
is allowed. 

And that understanding leads to 
fundamental change. 

We talk about changing other 
people's mindsets, which is a 
Herculean task. Change only hap- 
pens outwardly after it has happened 

Trust is a difficult concept 
because it creates the grounds for 

But it creates a field for intelligent 
discussion and debate around topics 
and matters that are essential and 
should be allowed to avoid the busi- 
ness of name-calling that politics 
has become. 


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The Bowdoin Orient 

Bohemian Coffee House gets some competition 

Sara Bodnar 

Staff Writer 

If you haven't been to the Cafe yet. 
you're in for a surprise. 

Nestled within the lop corner of 
the Smith Union, the Cafe is a space 
that has often been ignored. Once 
crammed with metal tables and bulky 
computer stations, the area lacked 
both comfort and spunk. At night it 
was even difficult to tell if the dimly 
lit Cafe was open. 

But now all these complaints are a 
thing of the past. Over the summer 
members of the Dining Service, stu- 
dent management, and local artists 
joined forces and created a new look 
for the Cafe 

During the spring semester of this 
^.past academic year, the Dining 
Service Committee discussed how to 
improve the area For the aesthetic 
aspects of the project, director of 
Dining Service Mary Lou Kennedy 
approached Art Professor Mark 
Wcthil Wethli rounded up his team 
of fellow artists. Bowdoin grads Kyle 
Durne and Cassie Jones. 

Jasmine Cronin '04, student man- 
ager of the Cafe, began planning the 
endeavor. Student activities, the 
Smith Union building reserve 
account, and the Dining Service 
account all provided the necessary 
monetary support for the undertak- 
ing. By June, the project swung into 

Nancy Van Dyke, Bowdoin Orient 
Upstairs in the Smith Union, students relax in the newly renovated Cafe. 

Wethli. Durrie, and Jones concen- 
trated on three main aspects of the 
Cafe, the walls, the ceiling fixtures, 
and the furniture. The group traveled 
to other local coffee shops, such as 
Javanet or Starbucks, to study differ- 
ent color schemes. 

They eventually decided on yel- 
low and gold, and then painted a 
mural reminiscent of Cubist works 

found in Bohemian cafes. The three 
unified the Cafe with the rest of the 
building by lightening the colors on 
the mural's borders. "We wanted the 
colors to be lighter and less dense as 
you go oat," Durrie explains. "The 
first view is very satisfying, it imme- 
diately draws you in." 

The crew of artists then construct- 
ed eight new ceiling fixtures. Made 

of wood and rice paper, the fixtures 
give the Cafe an exotic and softer 

Finally, new furniture was select- 
ed. Cronin wanted to add more cozi- 
ness to the area, so she picked out 
couches that looked used and com- 
fortable. Wethli found some tables in 
Bowdoin's Surplus and refinished 
them, enhancing the Cafe's homelike. 

liveable mood. The couches provide 
comfortable lounging space that 
rivals any furniture on campus. 

According to Mary Lou Kennedy, 
the Cafe's physical changes are part 
of an effort to provide "an alternative 
place" to study or socialize. Now 
that the space is more open, Cronin 
hopes to have monthly coffee house 
performances. She also wants to the 

Sushi, lunch salads f 
and breakfast 
sandwiches will be 
exclusively served at 
the Cafe, 

Cafe to cultivate a distinctive atmos- 
phere that is separate from the dining 
halls. New menu items such as 
sushi, lunch salads, and breakfast 
sandwiches will be exclusively 
served at the Cafe. A sound system 
will also be installed. 

An empty wall in the Student 
Bookstore is another spot that will 
soon be improved by the talent of 
Wethli, Durrie, and Jones. In the 
meantime, students should wander 
up to the Cafe and admire the 
changes. With its trendy new menu 
and welcoming ambiance, Bowdoin 
now has a coffee house that is sure to 
attract a crowd. 

Robin Williams is good, no joke 

M6nica Guzman 


The scariest things in life are the 
things we can't understand. It's a 
basic psychological fact. So the 
scariest films, the aptly-named "psy- 
chological thrillers." are that scary 
precisely because they thrust these 
things at you with no mercy, taking 
over your mind and leaving no room 
for escape. This kind of film para- 
lyzes you into submission. And what 
you submit to is its ugly perspective 
of the world. 

v This is why One Hour Photo is 
one of the scariest movies you will 
ever see. It forces you to live, for 
two hours, a life that embodies one of 
our greatest, most secret fears, the 
fear of being alone. 

This is the life of Seymour Parrish 
(Robin Williams), a polite, awkward 
photo lab employee. He goes home 
to an empty house with one chair at 
the kitchen table. The only time he 
ever talks to anyone is when he takes 
their print orders over the counter. 
It's a very mechanical social connec- 

But he can get far more personal, 
and no one ever seems to notice. 
Every time he develops pictures, he 
is free to invade people's lives, to 
break in to their cherished moments. 
And so he follows the lives of the 
Yorkins. a family he admires and 
wishes he had Their pictures are the 
only things that color his life — he's 
kept a print of every one they've ever 
developed up on his wall. 

This is obviously freaky. But here. 

Sy is so real that you almost under- 
stand it. You pity him. When Sy vio- 
lently takes a family trouble into his 
own hands, he becomes disgusting to 
you. as disgusting as he must feel to 
himself. You can't imagine anyone 
being that far gone, and even the 
thought of such a person trying so 
desperately to fill his sad, empty life 
chills you. 

So. tell me.. .would you have 
picked Robin Williams to play this 
pan? The answer is hell no. But the 
guy. always full of surprises, did an 

He's hit the very 
core of disturbed* 
Not what you'd 
expect from Mrs. 
Doubtfire, but he's 
just that good. 

amazing job bringing Sy to life. He's 
been getting deeper and deeper into 
the dark side recently {Death to 
Smoochy, Insomnia), and now he's 
hit the very core of disturbed, and 
reached the vein through which all 
that is creepy flows. Not what you'd 
expect from Mrs. Doubtfire. but he's 
just that good of an actor. 

As for directing, it's pretty safe to 
say Mike Romanek, the renowned 
music video director (Madonna's 
"Bedtime Story", for example), has 
landed on the big screen. Each scene 
of this film is calibrated to the music 
with eerie precision — a twisted mix 

of superficial shopping center jingles 
and the sinister heartbeats of reality. 
He's brought all his music video tal- 
ents to the project, not to mention the 
fact that he also wrote the sharp, 
understated screenplay. 

But the visuals — oh, the visuals! 
Every location and every shot 
breathes with lire and makes you 
shudderjusttolookatit Everything 
in Sy's world is bright and white, yet 
empty; his solitude is in the spotlight. 
After all, it's solitude that's the real 
villain here. It infects every setting 
he walks into— the Sav-Mart shop- 
ping center where he works, his 
home, the hotel he stays in, the police 

The camera makes the spaces 
seem to reject him. turn him away, 
like society always has. Not even his 
own house — his own workplace — is 
his friend. He is truly alone. It 
becomes so clear as you watch that I 
would call this the greatest mood cin- 
ematography I've ever seen. 

The film's greatest effect is its 
ability to penetrate you, to make you 
cringe into yourself . The first shot of 
a film is one of the most important 
shots in a movie. Here, mat first shot 
defines the rest of the him. It's a 
large white sterile camera in an 
empty white sterile room. And it's 
looking right at you. You sit and wait 
to see what it's pointing at, or what 
the next shot will be. But the camera 
keeps its inhuman eye fixed on you. 
And pretty soon, you become aware. 
You become afraid. It's got yon 
where it wants you. And it won't let 


Aussies rock out 

Theodore Reinert 

Staff Writer 

Change is afoot in the world of 
music. A crop of quite excellent rock 
and roll bands have appeared on the 
horizon of popularity, an alluring 
oasis in the desert of absolute crap 
that dominates radio and MTV. 
There's many (there is never a 
drought of good music, you just need 
to know where to look for it), but the 
ones who the spotlight and hype have 
attached to have been, in chronologi- 
cal order, the Strokes, the White 
Stripes, the Hives, and the Vines. 
Major label scouts are scouring the 
streets of New York City and 
Stockholm as you read this. 

"Country Yard" drift along lazily in 
1960s psychedelic pop territory. 
They're simple, blissful, excellent 
tunes. Lead singer Craig Nicholls 
may be obsessed with Nirvana, but 
he's also obsessed with the Beatles. 
The Vines actually made their debut 
on U.S. shores much earlier this year 
with a cover of "I'm Only Sleeping" 
on the I Am Sam soundtrack. 

In fact, Nicholls complains about 
touring, wanting to record the next 
three Vines albums before going out 
on the road again, truly becoming 
highly evolved. (Locking himself in 
a studio for a couple of years would 
probably be a lot better for his health 
— fueled by constant supplies of Red 
Bull and weed, this guy loses his 

It can't hurt that their lead singer is the most 
entertaining frontman in rock since Jim Morrison 

The Vines are one of the few 
groups that doesn't hail from New 
York City or Sweden. They're 
Australian. If you cant tell the differ- 
ence between the Vines and the 
Hives, the Vines are the ones that 
made the cover of Rolling Stone, 
with the completely insane lead 
singer who smashed his bassist's 
wrist at the VM As. 

Lest you think that mere is no dif- 
ference between the Vines and the 
Hives, check out the Vines' debut LP 
Highly Evolved. The secret? Only a 
third of the tracks are in the 
Nirvanaesque vein of the single "Get 
Free." Songs like "Mary Jane," 
"Homesick," "Autumn Shade," and 

mind on stage). 

This is no simple garage act The 
Vines might be the most ambitious 
new band since Noel and Liam 
Gallagher of Oasis stepped onto the 
musk scene in 1994 and declared 
that theirs was the best band in the 
world. And like Oasis, they've got 
the goods. Of course, it cant hurt that 
their lead singer might be the most 
entertaining frontman in rock since 
Jim Morrison. 

Highly Evolved is an incredible 
debut On the Strokes' Is This It, 
every song is high quality, but the 

Please set THE VINES, page 11 

The Bowdoin OAent 

Arts and Entertainment 

September 20, 2002 1 1 

Just a one-branch Taco Bell 

Kerry Elson 
Staff Writes 

A robust woman ambles from one 
end of the counter to the other, look- 
ing over the innards of her pseudo- 
Mexican establishment, Maine 
Street's Rosita's. Fiddling with the 
radio dial, she drawls to her co-chef, 
"I'm looking for something with a 
sort of. you know, Mexican, South- 
of-the-Bordcr thing." She settles on 
the country twang after much 

Country music, this foodie regrets 
to inform, originates from regions 
above the Border, thereby disquali- 
fying it from the "Latin" classifica- 
tion. Like this fruitless search for 
authentic tunes. Rosita's fails to 
serve food that is either authentic or 
good-tasting. Its chefs have an idea 
of Mexican food in mind but are 
unable to bring those visions to the 

Rosita's is like a one-branch Taco 
Bell: cutesy jalapeno curtains dress 
the window, small plastic tables 
inch against one another and the 
food comes fast and cheap. 

Sometimes Rosita's windows are 
fogged by an unknown source, hint- 
ing mat it lacks sufficient ventila- 
tion. Perhaps one benefit of this 
moist condition, however, is its suit- 
ability for asthmatics, who breathe 
more easily in soggy environments. 

Rosita's offers chicken, beef and 
vegetarian versions of quesadillas, 
enchiladas, and burritos. Entree-size 
taco salads and "Mexican Pizza" are 
also available. Patrons may order 
rice and retried beans, tamales or 
salads on the side. 

After placing their orders, patrons 
sit at a table and wait for the food to 
be delivered by the same woman 
who takes their order. The confident 
manner of the woman behind the 
counter deceived me to believe that 
she was a competent burrito-maker. 

This foodie hypothesizes that the 
"chef" spoons some mildly spicy 
chicken mix onto a tortilla and pro- 
ceeds to roll it up with her eyes 
closed. The burrito was so huge and 

THE VINES, from page 10 

Vines' sonic palette puts the Strokes 
to shame. 

You've got melodic psychedelic 
pop like "Homesick," my favorite 
song on the album; you've got irre- 
sistibly catchy punk nuggets, includ- 
ing "Get Free" and "Highly Evolved" 
and of which "Ain't No Room" 
shines the brightest; and you've got 

A stomping epic that 
combines everything before 
culminating in a glorious 
howl of noise to end the 
album — in other words, 
just about perfect. 

the in between: "Factory," a pleasant 
tune with ska beats, "Sunshinin." a 
blink-and-you-miss-it rave-up, and 
"1969," a stomping epic that com- 
bines everything before culminating 
in a glorious howl of noise to end the 

In other words. Highly Evolved h 
just about perfect Album of the Year 
honors will probably still go to the 
Chili Peppers, who have much better 
lyrics (the Vines' biggest weakness) 
bat these Aunties wall five SoCal's 
finest a nan for their money. 

Here's hoping that Craig Nkhout 
doeantldH himself hax Ins idol did 
have a chance lo 

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Indie Rock invades 
Jack Magee's Pub 

Colin Thibadeau 
Staff Writer 

the wrapping so imprecise, that it 
had to be cut with a knife and fork. 
In addition, missing from the burrito 
interior were the expected lettuce, 
beans, rice, and cheese. This foodie 
would have preferred to have at 
least one of those four within her 
lunch to break up the monotony of 
orange, soupy chicken pieces. 

The Foodie Friend had more suc- 
cess with her deluxe chicken que- 
sadilla. Rather than suffocating in 
sauce, the chicken was allowed to 
breathe. Lettuce, cheese, and olives 
lay sandwiched between two crispy 
tortillas. This foodie only wished 
she had considered the dish for her- 

Nicole Stiffle. Bowdoin Orient 

The side order of refried beans 
was as unsatisfying as the burrito. 
The mushy brown pile had the pow- 
dery aftertaste of excess spice; chili 
powder had probably been added 
with good intentions at one point, 
but perhaps the bean-maker should 
be supervised in the future. . 

This foodie, ordinarily a member 
of the Clean Plate Club, dared not 
even finish her burrito and beans 
because she felt she had tasted all 
there was to taste in the first few 
bites of each. Rosita's should con- 
centrate on perfecting a few select 
dishes rather man offering the 100+ 
mediocre meals listed on its menu. 

Welcome back to the start of yet 
another year of fabulous concerts in 
Jack Magee's pub. Last week 
kicked off well with Bowdoin's own 
DJ Marquee, a wonderful turntab- 
list who is sure to be back a few 
more times this year, so keep an eye 
out for him. 

Last night. Liquid Dead delivered 
a night of faithfully reproduced 
Grateful Dead songs, full of the 
energy and skill that embodied the 
Dead's uncanny sound. 

Next week, we kick it up a notch 
withDamone. This four-piece band 
is out of Boston (actually, Waltham, 
but it's all just outside of Boston, 
isn't it?). They will rock you off 
your feet with songs expressing the 
earnestness of teenage love. (For 
example, the desire for boys not to 
hang up their cell-phones on girls). 

The songs are actually written by 
the guitarist, who is as prolific as 
Rivers Cuomo. The voice of the 
band is the singer, Noelle. In her 
words, "[Guitarist] Dave was basi- 
cally a 15-year-old girl when he 
was 18 years old "(Boston Phoenix, 
November 2001). 

Noelle herself evokes images of 
high school skater punk, reminding 
us of high school love, skateboards, 
and so on. The band rocks in the 
vein of greats like the Ramones, 
Weezer, even Veruca Salt. 

Come check out this band, 
Thursday, September 26, in the Pub. 
Damone is brought in conjunction 
with our friends at WBOR 91.1 FM. 
Thanks to them for finding this 
wonderful act 

Opening for Damone is the up 
and coming band The Exchange 
Students. Culled from the remnants 
of the legendary Bowdoin band 
Autobahn, guitarist Chris Bail and 
bassist Colin Thibadeau (sorry for 

the self-promotion) have added 
drummer Rob Davol to create a 
fiery, hard-rocking sound akin to 
new greats like the Mooney Suzuki, 
the Damn Personals, even the 
Hives. These guys should get the 
crowd all riled up for Damone, so 
be ready for a great night of garage 
rock, skater-punk, and broken 

Coming up later this semester, 
the pub will be invaded by an indie- 
rock group from New York City. 
The Red and The Black and The Ex- 
Models will split a double bill. It 
all goes down in two weeks so be 
ready. Later in October, virtuoso 
guitarist Michael Kelsey returns to 
the pub, brought by Howell House. 

On Halloween, check out the 
spooky jazz-funk act Drive By 

Be ready for 
a great night 
of garage 
rock, skater 
punk, and 
broken hearts 

Leslie. In early November, Sam 
Bisbee will return, hopefully luring 
his brother John onstage for what 
should be a great night of music in 
the pub, and one of the high points 
of this semester's schedule. I hope 
to see all of you at all of these 
shows, and make sure to come see 
Damone and The Exchange 
Students next week on senior pub 
night, it will be fantastic, I assure 

Rachel Tannebring paints for pay 
at the Coastal Studies Center 

Maia-Christina Lee 
Orient Staff 

This week, for the first time since 
die seventh grade, I went to a science 
fair. Bright white poster boards 
stood proudly everywhere. Students 
explained to each other the effects of 
geological movements on biological 
processes. There was much talk of 
microorganisms. There was much 
talk of many things that I know noth- 
ing about 

However, amidst this sea of envi- 
ronmental exploration stood Rachel 
Tannebring "03 proudly displaying 
something very unscientific 

Along with a host of young 
Bowdoin scientists, Tannebring lived 
in Maine this summer and participat- 
ed in the Rusack fellowship program 
for constat studies. However, instead 
of developing a scientific study of 
the Maine 

on Middle Bay Cove primarily, mov- 
ing occasionally to Orr's Island and 
Bailey Island as well. 

Usually she would begin in the 
morning, picking a particular loca- 
tion to start painting. Often she 
would return to the same place and 
paint a similar landscape from a 

However, she attempted to work out- 
side most of the time in order to cap- 
ture the nuances of nature. 

"It was difficult to keep painting in 
the same place because die tides 
would change on the mud flats," she 
saud. "Dirt and bugs would get into 
my paint too." Nevertheless, 

Most of her work was done outside on 
location, using an easal and water 
based oil paints. She worked on 
Middle Bay Cove primarily, moving 
occasionally to Orr's Island and 
Bailey Island. 


painting and 
in the 

Moat of her wok wit done 

slightly different angle. "Seascapes 
differed tremendously depending 
upon what time of day I was painting 
them," she said. Tannebring also 
painted dungs smaller in scope, such 
land trees. 


inside to her studio to make come- 
nous or pans rrom pnocograpns. 

Tannebring succeeded in completing 
more than twenty landscapes in a 
variety of sizes. 

Even though the coast of Maine 
provides ample inspiration for any 
painter, Tannebring was inspired by 
several famous artists as well. She 
spent a lot of time studying the work 
of Edward Hopper. Rockwell Rent, 

Fairfield Porter, and the Wyeths. 

"I was very interested in minimal- 
ist landscapes," she said. There are 
so many artists who have painted in 
Maine and it was fun to look at their 

Tannebring worked under the 
guidance of Jim Mullen, her academ- 
ic advisor from the visual arts depart- 
ment. Every week she met with 
other participants in the Rusack fel- 
lowship program, along with 
Professor Anne Henshaw of the 
Anthropology department who is in 
charge of the Coastal Studies Center. 
Each week all students were required 
to give a presentation of their work. 
Even though Tannebring was the 
only artist, she insists that the experi- 
ence was thorougly enjoyable. 

If you would like to see some of 
Rachel's work yourself, she will be 
having a show in October some- 
where on the Bowdoin campus. 

If you like to paint do not hesitate 
to apply for the Rusack fellowship 
next summer. Tannebring highly rec- 
ommends it as an excellent way to 
experience the beauty of Maine 
while getting paid to paint land- 
scapes. What could be better? 

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12 September 20, 2002 

Arts and Entertainment 

The Bowdoin Orient 

Cannibalism on campus 

Audrey Amidon 

Staff Writer 

To continue last week's trend, the 
Bowdoin Film Society is once again 
bringing you some really twisted 
films. This weekend, in anticipation 
of the latest addition to the Hannibal 
"the Cannibal" series, Howell House 
and the Bowdoin Film Society will 
refresh your memories with the first 
two installments. The newest film. 
Red Dragon, is actually a prequel, 
and will show viewers how 
Hannibal's evil saga began, so it's 
important to take a look at what he 
accomplished in later years. 

We'll begin with the original 
Academy Award-winning film The 
Silence of the Lambs (1991) at 7:00 

p.m. on 

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this film CT * 

doesn't give y 0U haven't heard 

you night- * 

mares, it about the infamous 

will at least 
give you a 
good case of 
the creeps. 

revenge. This film wasn't as criti- 
cally acclaimed at the first, but mil- 
lions have been entertained by it, 
and you can be too. 

It once again stars Anthony 
Hopkins as Hannibal, with Julianne 
Moore as Clarice Starling. Joining 
the fun are Gary Oldman and Ray 
Liotta. Just a warning: if you 
haven't heard about the infamous 
"brain scene" you might want to 
prepare yourself for something that 
is frankly, quite gross. 

To complete the weekend, we're 
finally diverging from the sick 
movie genre and stepping into just 
plain weird. Bowdoin Film Society 
is bringing you Waking Life (2001). 
Shown on Saturday night at 7:00 
p.m., this 

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might want to pre- 
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acter is a * * * 

brilliant but 
evil mad- 
man who turns to cannibalism when 
life gets too boring. Clarice Starling 
(Jodie Foster) is the woman who 
needs Hannibal's help to solve a 
string of murders. Some may argue 
that this film didn't deserve a Best 
Picture award, but it has fantastic 
performances and is definitely 
worth another viewing. 

At 9:00 p.m. we'll treat you with 
Hannibal (2001), the sequel to 
Silence of the Lambs. In this 
installment, Hannibal becomes the 
hunted when a former victim seeks 

movie is 
written and 
directed by 
Linklater, of 
Dazed and 
Confuse d 

it's an animat- 
ed feature 
about a guy 
who starts 
dreaming and 
doesn't wake 
up. He meets 
and sees a lot of different people 
talking about a lot of pretty impor- 
tant things. 

Keep an eye out for Ethan Hawke 
and Julie Delpy who are more or 
less reprising their roles from 
Linklater's Before Sunrise. Waking 
Life is a really interesting experi- 
ence and finally, we're happy to 
bring it to Smith Auditorium. We 
look forward to seeing all of you at 
all of these events, if you're not 
scared away. 

Quinby house debates 

Meredith Hoar 

Staff Writer 

Quinby House is reviving its 
Discussion Series this semester The 
series is an opportunity for members 
of the campus community to gather 
in an informal but intellectually stim- 
ulating environment to learn about 
and discuss a variety of topics. 

Discussion leaders include profes- 
sors, students, staff members, and 
anyone else with something interest- 
ing to say — have the opportunity to 
share their knowledge on a topic, and 

"We hope it will be a fantastic 
opportunity for members of the 
Bowdoin community to discuss their 
interests and experiences outside of 
the classroom," said MacNeil. 

The schedule for this semester's 
speakers is not yet complete, but it 
already boasts a number of discus- 
sion leaders who are certain to pro- 
vide ample fodder for conversation. 

Leaders this semester will include 
Allen Springer, Professor and 
Department Chair of Government 
and Legal Studies; Wil Smith, the 
Director of Multicultural Student 

Julie McGec, Visiting Assistand Professor 
of Africana Studies, will be leading the first 
discussion on the topic of black art in South 
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facilitate a related conversation. The 
topic of conversation is not necessar- 
ily the same as that primarily studied 
by the discussion leader, creating 
unique opportunities to hear people 
speak about interests and queries out- 

"" * side of their primary fields of expert- 

The discussion . coordinators. 
Meghan MacNeil 03 and Meredith 
Hoar 03. aim to offer a wide range of 

- , topics and are especially hoping to 
feature students as discussion lead- 
ers. They believe the series is going 
to be very successful. 

Programs: Peter Coviello. Assistant 
Professor of English; and Allen 
Tucker. Professor and Department 
Chair of Computer Science. 

Julie McGec. Visiting Assistant 
Professor of Africana Studies, will be 
leading the first discussion of the 
year on the topic of black art in South 

Her discussion will take place on 
Wednesday. September 25 at 7:30 
p.m. on the first floor of Quinby 
House. The discussions last about an 
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September 20, 2002 13 


Tough road lies ahead for football team 


The football team looks 
for redemption against 
the three best teams in 
the NESCAC to kick off 
the 2002 season. 

Sean Walker 

Staff Writer 

Having to play Williams, Amherst, 
and Tufts during the 2002 NESCAC 
season is daunting for any college, as 
these teams' combined record last 
season was 21-3. To play the league's 
best three teams in consecutive 
weeks is brutal, making even succes- 
ful programs apprehensive. 

The Bowdoin Football team is not 
one of these aforementioned teams. 
Last year, they were able to climb out 
of the cellar of the NESCAC. finish- 
ing with a record of 1-7, improving 
upon their 0-8 last place finish during 
the 2000 campaign. 

How do you make a team believe 
that they can do what the rest of the 
NESCAC failed to do and defeat 
even one team from the three headed 
monster that resides at the top of the 
league's standings? 

If you are third year Bowdoin 
Head Coach Dave Caputi, you 
remain optimistic at all times. 

According to Caputi, "If we work 
hard and do the right things, both 
mentally and physically, we have the 
chance to be successful." 

Success is not a foreign word to 
Caputi. Before taking over a 
Bowdoin program in serious need of 
rebuilding, he spent twelve years as 
the offensive coordinator for 
Williams College, helping lead the 
Ephs to an 84-9-3 mark during his 

The team heads into the first three 
grueling weeks of the season with 

added confidence after defeating 
Middlebury Panthers 21-7 in a scrim- 
mage last weekend. The Middlebury 
game was the "first time we've been 
able to physically match up with an 
opponent since I got here" said 

The added physical presence of 
this years team comes after a strenu- 
ous lifting and conditioning program 
followed by players during the spring 
and summer. 

Of course, 
all the lifting 
and condition- 
ing in the 
world cannot 
turn around a 
team in a sport 
such as foot- 
ball. The Polar 
Bears are both 
and undersized 
when com- 
pared to most 
of the teams in 
the NESCAC, 
putting them at 

a disadvantage before the ball is even 

Caputi 's coaching staff and play- 
ers are fully aware of this. "They 
expect a lot of themselves. They 
want to improve. For some guys, the 
lack of past success is a big motivat- 
ing factor," said Caputi. 

The failure of past teams doesn't 
do much to motivate players who 
were suiting up for their high school 
teams during this time last year. On 
defense alone, Bowdoin will start 
three first year players. 

These first years will be expected 
to gel quickly with die Polar Bears' 
returning players. Caputi will look to 
experienced players on defense such 

as juniors Brandon Casten, Jeff Pike, 
and Chris Wagner and sophomores 
John Flynn and Jarrett Young. 

Only one senior is expected to 
start on defense, defensive back 
Jamie Nichols. With his critical inter- 
ception last weekend against 
Middlebury, he has proven himself 
ready to lead a young defense. 
"We'll need him to play like that 
everyday," said Caputi. 

Courtesy of 

Due to added strength and talent, the Polar Bears are 
confident they will improve their 1-7 mark in 2002. 

The unit perhaps most indicative 
as to whether or not the Polar Bears 
will be successful is the offensive 
line. Greg Berry and Shaun Gagnon 
are two sophomores who improved 
significantly during the offseason. 

Caputi will rely heavily on 
Captain Justin Foster '03 to head the 
offensive line. After undergoing a 
knee operation prior to last season, 
Foster endured a painful junior year. 
This year, however, his knee is show- 
ing no ill effects. 

While he has set an example for 
others with his leadership, Foster 
himself has been impressed with the 
team's chemistry thus far. "We're a 
very tight team this year. This is a 

great group of guys to work with dur- 
ing practice." 

Foster and his fellow offensive 
linemen will be expected to protect 
quarterback and Captain Justin . 
Hardison '03. A veteran who passed 
for over 1,000 yards last season, 
Hardison was a force during the 
Middlebury scrimmage. 

"He made big plays and good 
decisions in converting four out of 
four fourth down attempts. He has 
the ability to make good decisions 
under pressure," said Caputi. 

Hardison will team up with fellow 
captains Sean Starke '03 and Matt 
Giffune '03 on offense. Starke, who 
has converted to the running back 
position after spending last year as a 
defensive back, will be getting the 
majority of the carries for the Polar 
Bears, along with Rob Patchett 'OS. 
"We have the advantage of some nice 
depth there," said Caputi. 

The Polar Bears are hoping that 
this depth will enable them to control 
the pace of games. This will be no 
easy task in a tough league, however, 
especially during the first crucial 
weeks, where a Bowdoin win will 
surprise even the most optimistic 
Polar Bear fan. 

Eventhough Bowdoin was spared 
last year from playing the undefeat- 
ed Williams team as a result of a 
rotating schedule, Amherst and Tufts 
defeated them by a combined score 
of 69-0. 

Expectations still run high in Polar 
Bear camp after the Middlebury win 
however, and a win in any three of 
these games would go a long way to 
silence the team's critics. * 

Said Foster, "We're going to try to 
ride the momentum into the Williams 
game. We have a huge opportunity to 
knock off some of the big boys." 

Men's rugby ready to run wild 

Allie Yanikoski 

Staff Writer 

"Dangerous... athletic... success- 
ful:" as proclaimed by senior co-cap- 
tain Dave Kirkland, these words 
describe Men's Rugby at Bowdoin 

"This year's team is 
more athletic than last 
year's team, and after 
we get over the hump 
we will he just as dan 
gerous as last year* 

Dave Kirkland '03, Captain 

Conference Championship, a second 
place finish in the New England 
Regionals, and a narrow loss to the 
University of Massachusetts, 
Amherst in the final round of die 
Northeast Tournament— one step 
away from the Nationals. 

"We're a successful team," says 
Kirkland. And despite 
graduating nearly 20 

At the close of the 2001 season, 
the Men's Rugby team was ranked i 
in the top 16 teams in Division 
II nation-wide. The Polar 
Bean successively 
capped their undefeated / 

regular season by 
claiming the Down East True Huynh *05 charges into a Bates pUyet 

last spring, senior co-captain Dennis 
Kiley says, "I feel that we have the 
pieces to actually improve on last 
year's performance." 

Continuing, Kiley says, "Our 
scrimmage Past Saturday] against 
Bates, which we won, showed that 
we not only have the players and tal- 
ent to have a very successful season, 
but that there are obviously parts of 
the game that we need to improve 
upon as well." 
With IS first-year players picking 
up the sport for the first time, 
Kirkland agrees with 
Kiley that last 
week's scrim- 
mage aided 
the inexpe- 
and the 

Please see RUGBY, page 15 

Skippers set sail 

Veterans and first-years 
combine for an impres- 
sive start in 2002. 

Melanie Keene 
Staff Writer 

The Coed Sailing Team's time- 
honored motto is "sail fast," and they 
stuck to it this weekend. 

Sailing at Dartmouth in the inter- 
sectional Captain Hurst Bowl, skip- 
per Tyler Dunphy '03 with crew 
Melanie Keene '03 and skipper 
Pieter Scheerlinck 'OS with crew 
Becca Barlett 'OS sailed against 
arguable the best teams in the nation. 

Said skipper Dunphy, "This week- 
end showed us that it is no longer a 
question if we can compete with the 
top schools, but a question of when 
we will beat the top schools!" 

The women's team also put dn a 
strong showing in their first regattas 
-bf the season. On Saturday, the 
Bowdoin women competed in the 
Mans-Lab regatta hosted by MIT. 
Skipper Allie Binkowski '03 with 
crew Jackie Haskwell 'OS sailed A- 

Division, while skipper Emily Burns 
'06 with crew Ellen Grenley '06 
sailed B-Division. 

Bums and Grenley displayed grit 
and skill in their performance in live 
action, something that the team will 
continue to rely upon in the future. 

On Sunday the women competed 
in the Tuft's Captain's Cup. Skipper 
Laura Windecker '03 sailed B- 
Division for Bowdoin with crews 
Sabrina '06 and Caitlin Moore '06. 
They had an outstanding perform- 
ance, finishing fifth in their division 
and only nine points removed from 
third place. 

Binkowski and Haskwell sailed A- 
Di vision, helping the team finish sev- 
enth overall. The weekend was a 
great start for the women's team 
which promises to grow even 
stronger in the future. 

The team also put in a good show- 
ing at the University of New 
Hampshire where skipper Eddie 
Briganti 'OS with crew Sophie Wiss 
'06 sailed to a third place finish in A- 

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September 20, 2002 


The Bowdoin Orient 

Sailors impressive 

SKIPPERS, from page 13 

Division competition. Skipper Frank 
Pizzo '06 with crew Elliot Wright 
'04 placed second in B-Division. 
Pizzo's commitment to fast sailing 

at Mendum's Pond in hit first colic- ^ 
giate regatta is a clear indication that 
he will be a skipper to be reckoned 
with in the future— another Skipper 
Dunphy if you will. 


Women's Rugby 
ready to rebound 

Grace Cho 

Staff Writer 

Kartscn Moran, Bowdoin Orient 

Skipper Allie Binkowski '03 with crew Jackie Haskwell *05 uphold 
the "sail fast" motto of the Sailing Team in the Mans-Lab regatta. 

A disappointing game against 
Northeastern last fall haunts the 
Women's Rugby team. As senior 
players Alexis Goldstein and 
Courtney Tolmie recall, "it was one 
fluke of a loss." 

"We have been 
improving consistent- 
ly over the past three 
years. We are in for 
a good season. 

Carolina Westra '03, Capt. 

But the memories of the past give 
the Bowdoin Women's Rugby team a 
new sense of motivation and inspira- 
tion. As a new season approaches, 
the players appear to be in high spir- 
its out on the fields. 

With last year's record of five 

wins and one loss, the Polar Bears 
appear to be heading for another fab- 
ulous season. "We have been 
improving consistently over the past 
three years," reflects senior co-cap- 
tain Caroline Westra. "We are in for a 
good season." 

Aiming to make the regional play- 
offs this fall, Bowdoin will need to 
overcome the loss of several key 
members. ^ 

However, senior co-captain Ellie 
Doig doesn't seem to see the loss as 
a problem for the team. "We have 
about IS rookies out this year and 
that will give us a strength in num- 
bers," Doig says. 

Junior Lauren Flinn also sees a 
vast amount of potential among the 
returning sophomores and' new first- 
year players. "Our sophomores have 
shown great potential and I am sure 
they are going to play at a higher 
level this year," says Flinn. "And the 
rookies have been nothing but enthu- 
siastic and will be a huge aspect of 
the team." 

Please see WS RUGBY, page 15 

MLB strike: the most preferable closing 

J.P. Box 


lis a shame they didn't strike — we 
might have had something to talk 
about. Instead, every man. woman, 
and child must lace the finality of the 
1 3 1st Major League Baseball season. 
If only the Players Association had 
rejected any platform hinting at rev- 
enue sharing and drug testing, we 
would have had some fun. 

Can't you just sec the scene at 
Bowdoin? Half the student body 
would he in up in arms, accusing 
Yankees' owner George 

Stcinbrcnncr, a.k.a. Satin-rcincamat- 
ed. of deliberately laying the founda- 
tion of this strike to thwart the Red 
Sox's imminent pennant chase. 

By spending a hundred million 
dollars on a collection of ballplayers, 
the Yankees organization financially 
beat and bullied their competition 
into submission before the first pitch 
of the season To catch up. owners 
around the league entered unknow- 
ingly into this the bidding frenzy that 
eliminated any chance of a small- 
market team vying for a title 

Sure, the Red Sox were as guilty 
as any other team, but they spent 
$140 million on the perpetually 
injured Manny Ramirez because the 
Yankees might have acquired the 

At this time. BoSox nation would 
turn a vengeful eye to their bitter and 
triumphant rivals. 

If only Steinbrenner had not begun 
this ugly cycle, the Red Sox would 
have secured the Wild CanTplayoff 
bid in 2002. they would have beat the 
Yankees in seven games in the 
American League Championship 
Series, they would have finally 
shirked the Curse once and for all. 
and they would have built a shrine 
for shortstop Nomar Garciaparra 
(naturally he was MVP). 

Instead, we must watch our class- 
mates' hearts grow heavy, as the Red 
Sox continue to trail the Oakland 
Athletics and Ichiro's Seattle 
Mariners in the playoff race. And 
yes, we must watch their eyes glaze 
K over with tears when the Yankees 
win their 28th World Series 
Oh. but our woes do not end here. 

but in fact they run much deeper. We 
must also study the intricacies of the 
labor agreement that prevented our 
desired strike. 

Analyzing the benefits and poten- 
tial negative impacts of a labor 
agreement is something that students 
must do in an economics class— or in 
a sociology class in which the profes- 
sor believes that the economy is too 
important to be left to economists. 
Either way. it's not a very stimulating 

Basically, teams may still continue 
to spend as much as they like, but 
must pay a fine if they exceed the 
salary cap. In other words, if you 
want to buy a championship, you still 
can. but it will cost you extra. 

In addition to this economic analy- 
sis, we must also turn our attention to 
ihe Nintendo-like numbers that big 
leaguers are routinely displaying in 
the steroid era. 

A-Rod will hit 60 homcruns and 
knock in 150 runs, but was he on 
steroids? Barry Bonds set the home- 
run record last year with an astro- 
nomical 73 deep shots, but was his 
added bulk and power due to 

Ah, the questions we must contin- 
ue to ponder: are these guys for real? 
If you get caught using an illegal 
substance, like steroids, in any other 
major sport, you are publicly 
shunned and lose your eligibility 
within the league. However, accord- 
ing to former and current ballplayers, 
steroid user is not the outlier in pro- 
fessional baseball, but the norm. 

Ken Caminiti won the 1996 
National League MVP and has since 
admitted to heavy steroid use during 
his monster season: .326, 40 HRs, 
130 RBIs. Although he was bashing 
balls all over the outfield, his own 
shrunk and withdrew from his stor- 
age unit. 

And this is what we are reduced to, 
thanks to the averted strike, we dis- 
cuss the former state of Ken 
Caminiti 's testicles and speculate on 
the connection between our MLB's 
heroes statistical accomplishments 
and health effects of chronic steroid 

And suddenly it strikes you why 
Sports Illustrated s swimsuit issue 

focuses so completely on women — it 
might be too revealing for the men. 

And finally, after the in-depth 
analysis of a labor agreement and the 
continued speculation about wide- 
spread steroid use, we get to watch 
the same old plots develop in the 

The Yankees will arrogantly claim 
the American League Championship 
by toppling the Anaheim Angels in 
six games. Red Sox nation will pray 

once again for a Luis Gonzalez- 
esque bloop to avoid the inevitable. 

In the National League, the 
Atlanta Braves, owners of the best 
record in baseball, will prove that 
they are the greatest regular season 
team in the history of baseball and 
allow the St. Louis Cardinals to 
advance to the World Series. 

And then the Yankees will win it 
again. I told you a strike would have 
been a better finish. 

Throwing the 

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Meeting new people? 

Becoming a thrower? 

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- Sunday, October 6 at 3:00 
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- Come watch the Bowdoin 
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You will have the opportunity 
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it a try. 

- Following the session, there 
will be speed and strength 
competition for all those who 
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- Anyone thinking of trying a 
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MEN'S RUGBY, from page 13 

"shaking off the rust." 

However, Kirkland says that "this 
year's team is more athletic than last 
year's team, and after we get over the 
hump we will be just as dangerous as 
last year." 

At this point, however, the rugby 
team is more concerned with teach- 
ing the mechanics of the game to the 
younger players. 

Kirkland refers to this process as 
"trial by fire," where the new players 
are "just trying to find their way 
around the field." 

The season officially begins for 

the Polar Bears this Saturday, 
September 21, at home versus 
Plymouth State. With only five regu- 
lar season games, the last scheduled 
game is also at home on October 19 
against Colby. 

Courtesy of 
Rugby lined up for success. 

Women's Rugby rolls into '02 

WOMEN'S RUGBY, from page 14 

Both Doig and Westra are excited 
about the overwhelming number of 
new players. 

Looking back upon their rugby 
careers at Bowdoin, Doig sums up 
their feelings, "Part of what made our 
Bowdoin experience awesome was 
playing rugby. Looking up to the 
experienced players and learning so 
much, I hope the freshmen will expe- 
rience the same feelings we did." 
Captains Ellie Doig and Caroline 
Westra along with the other upper- 
classmen on the team will have a 
chance to pass on their experiences 
to the underclassmen on the field this 
Saturday at Colby for the season 
opener. The first home game of the 
year is October 5. 

Evan Kohn. Bowdoin Orient 

The Women's Rugby team tears through another preseason practice 
with their sights focused on a dominating 2002 campaign. 

Midwest football: True Grit 

Conor Williams 


As a young high school senior 
back in Michigan, I was warned. 
"You're going east for college? 
Don't you know what they're like out 
there?" Some were particularly 
scathing: "If you come back saying 
'wicked,' I'm going to kick the shit 
out of you." 

Students here follow 
the Red Sox for 162 
games with more 
enthusiasm than was 
mustered for the 
Patriots last year until 
the last few playoff 

It was made abundantly clear to 
me that all easterners were effete, 
arrogant, and spoiled rotten — prep- 
school products and particularly 
vociferous in their opinions, New 
Englanders in particular. So under- 
stand, I'm a product of a rampant 
Midwestern inferiority complex. 

Now, let me be straight with you — 
after a year of Bowdoin, while I've 
certainly had moments that confirm 
the damning criticisms, they're not 
true. That is, for the most part 

Let me be blunt — you guys simply 
don't know football. Independent of 
Bowdoin's historical struggles on the 
gridiron, there just isn't the same 
grassroots football enthusiasm here. 
On any given day, it's common that 
the quad will be filled with Frisbee 
and whiffleball games. 

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Pickup football? It's a pretty rare 
commodity. Whiffleball? Honestly, I 
can't figure it out. 

In Michigan, the state practically 
drops everything three times every 
fall: Michigan State vs. Michigan, 
Michigan vs. Notre Dame, and most 
of all, Michigan vs. Ohio State. For 
that reason, I'm in mourning, as the 
Wolverines just dropped a big one to 
Notre Dame. 

We live, die, sweat, and cry with 
our teams, and the NFL is no differ- 
ent. Whether it's the frozen tundra of 
Lambeau Field or the blistering 
winds of Soldier Field, football is 

Remember Saturday Night Live'* 
Chicago superfans? Well, they're 
real, and they exist just like the 
Packers' astronomical 12 NFL titles. 
Except for the Bears, who've taken 
nine, nobody's even close. 

More importantly, let's remember 
the 1986 Super Bowl, when the 
Bears and Patriots met in the Super 
Bowl, and the "Monsters of the 
Midway" smoked the Patsies like a 
joint, 46-10. 

They were the toast of the nation, 
with "The Super Bowl Shuffle," 
William "The Fridge" Perry, and 
Walter Pay ton. 

That kind of enthusiasm is just 
missing here. The Pats won the Super 
Bowl, and within days, everyone qui- 
etly went back to their studies, back 
to hockey, back to whiffleball. 
Where's the fire? 

Let's quote some more numbers — 
the University of Michigan has more 
wins than any other college team, 
followed closely by Notre Dame. In 
spite of the recent Florida impinge- 


ment (I question if their flighty offen- 
sive game is really football), 
Heartland teams dominate the sport 

Just take a look at the confer- 
ences — the Big Ten and Big Twelve 
are the true hotbeds of football 
strength. Nebraska, Oklahoma, 
Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame, 
and Texas constitute the class of the 
NCAA. With the addition of the 
Florida sunshine frolickers, those 
teams routinely complete the top of 
the ranking lists year in, and year out. 

So perhaps, with all of this evi- 
dence before me, I should' ve real- 
ized that Boston College's Eagles 
were the biggest fish in the Eastern 
football pond north of the Mason- 
Dixon. Somehow it just didn't occur 
to me that there was such an over- 
whelming void 

Students here follow the Red Sox 
for 162 games with more enthusiasm 
than was mustered for the Patriots 
last year until the last few playoff 
games. Meanwhile, Chicago was in 
absolute chaos waiting to see if the 
Bears would continue their remark- 
able season. It just doesn't seem 

Now this isn't to question the 
toughness, or the virility of New 
England or her inhabitants... you 
guys have rugby and lacrosse, sure. 
Soccer's a great game, and the stu- 
dent body here seems pretty talented 
compared to what I'm used to. 

Still, it's a little odd to be sitting 
down alone for the game, whether 
it's the Pack and Bears, or Oklahoma 
and Texas. 

I mean, segously — who plays 


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16 September 20, 2002 

The Bo wdoin Orient 

Weekly Calendar 



Luke O'Neill founded Shackleton Schools, Inc., a 
non-profit educational venture, in 1996 to edu- 
cate young men and women to become skilled 
and compassionate leaders. He comes to 
Bowdoin with extensive knowledge in the 

field of development. 
V.A.C., Kresge Auditorium, 12:30 p.m. 

in the Middleman? 

Peace Vigil held every Friday, 5:30-6:00 p.m. 

The Brunswick Mall 

•Article to follow in next week's Orient* 

nut ixcruot dwnbb and Diaco&sioN: 

Interested in the movies Silence of the Lambs 
and Hannibal? Intrigued by their place in our 
culture? Just want an excuse to discuss canni- 
balism and eat poultry at the same time? 
Professor Aaron Kitch of the English 
Department will be speaking briefly on each 
film's role in popular culture. Lecture followed 
by dinner then screening of each film. 
Howell House and Bowdoin Film Society. 
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium, 7:00 p.m. 


"A dazzling fusion of American fiddling and 
the ancient Carnatic musical tradition of 
Southern India." Tickets available at the Smith 
Union Information Desk or at the door general 
public $10, seniors $8, FREE with Bowdoin 

Pickard Theatre, 7:30 p.m. 




FILM: Waking Life 

Bowdoin Film Society 

Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium 

7:00 p.m. 


Baxter House, 10:00 p.m. 




This group, based around a uniquely modern 
sound, mixes classical, jazz, hip-hop, rock and 
other musical rhythms." Tickets available at 
Smith Union Information Desk: $2.00. 
Pickard Theatre, 8:00 p.m. 
♦Lecture and Demonstration with the Turtle 
Island String Quartet: Gibson Hall, Room 101 
1:00 p.m.* 


"WALL STREET 101": Pat 

Dunn '98, formerly of Morgan 

Stanley, and Scott Roman '00, 

formerly of Lehman Brothers, 

will lead participants through 

the basics of life on Wall Street. 

Moulton Union, Main Lounge: 

10 a.m.-5 p.m. 


Bowdoin Chapel, 

4:30 p.m. 


Who Killed Vincent Chin? 
(1988) This Academy- Award 
winning documentary studies 
the ethnic tensions following the 
brutal murder of a second gen- 
eration Chinese- American in 
1980s America. 
Bowdoin Film Studies 
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium 
6:00 p.m. 



Lee Willis, Office of Personal Management, will 
discuss applying for both full-time jobs and intern- 
ships with the government. Career Planning. 
Moulton Union, Main Lounge, 7-8 p.m. 

LECTURE: Rose Weitz, professor of 
sociology at Arizona State University, lec- 
tures on Tonytails and Purple Mohawks: 
Teenage Girls, Hair and Identity." 
Druckenmiller Hall, Room 016 
7:00 p.m. 


how to register voters and get active 

at Bowdoin First Floor Adams Hall, 

ES Commons room; 9:00 p jn. 


to volunteer). 



State Theatre, 

609 Congress Street, 

Portland. 8:00 p.m. 
For tickets call 
(207> 775-3331 


It's FREE. It's EASY. Voter Registration 
Drive: Smith Union (ALL-DAY), 
Moulton Union (lunchtime), Thome 
Dining Hall (dinnertime). 

— HEM! 

Shadow of a Doubt (1943) 
One of Hitchcock's favorites: 
the story of a young girl's infat- 
uration with her uncle, a charm- 
ing yet notorious murderer. 
Bowdoin Film Studies Dept 
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium, 
6:00 p.m. 

Chris Doyle has received numerous fellowships for the arts, including a New 
York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in 2001. His talk is titled "Repeat 
after Me." V.A.C.. Kresge Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. 



Professor Julie McGee will be 
discussing "Black Art in 

South Africa." 
Quinby House, 7:30 p.m. 


Shadow of a Doubt (1943) 

Bowdoin Film Studies Dept 

Sills Hall. Smith Auditorium, 

8:15 p.m. 



The Swedish quartet that pumps modern 
attitude into traditional folk musk, will 
perform at Bowdoin. Admission is $5 
for the public, and free with Bowdoin 
ID. Tickets are available at the Smith 
Union information desk. 

V.A.C., Kresge Auditorium, 
7:30 p.m. 


"CONSULTING 101": Bowdoin 

alumni will discuss the consulting 

career. Sign-up online at eBear. 

Moulton Union, Lancaster Lounge 

7-8 p.m. 


"Art and Violence," Artist Leon 
Golub will speak about his 50- year 
long career encountering incidents 
of aggression and violence. 
V. A.C., Kresge Auditorium, 
7:30 p.m. 


Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, 

Supermasochist Kirby Dick (1997) 
Bob Flanagan: sufferer of eyestic fibrosis, 
masochist and self-mutilator; this documen- 
tary studies the late performance artist as a 
master of defying fate. Film includes some 
graphic morbidity and sexuality. 

. Bowdoin Film Studies Dept. 
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium, 8:00 p.m. 


Yankee Lanes, Brunswick 
9:00 p.m. 


Jack McGee Pub, 9:00 p.m. 

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Bowdoin Orient 

Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine 

The Oldest Continuously Published College Weekly in the U.S. 

September 27, 2002 
Volume CXXXII, Number 3 

President Milk mulls 
College expansion 

Mrnmistration considers increasing student body by 200 

Jesse McCree 

Staff Writer 

Even though President Barry Mills 
has just recently begun his tenure at the 
College, he has already started to dis- 
cuss plans for his vision of an improved 
Bowdoin Along with the rest of the 
Bowdoin Board of Trustees, Mills has 
begun to investigate the possible expan- 
sion of the student body by approxi- 
mately 200 students. 

This expansion would be implement- 
ed with the goals of strengthening the 
intellectual diversity while maintaining 
the intimate educational atmosphere 
that Bowdoin emphasizes. 

Even though the College increased 
enrollment throughout the 1990s, Mills 
feels that continuing to expand may 
allow Bowdoin to better adapt to the 
changing times. Although Mills 
stressed that his plans are not definitive 
but simply "worth talking about," he 
remained optimistic that his vision 
could benefit the College. 

"I think if we got somewhat larger we 
may be able to continue to deepen and 
strengthen both academic departments 

decided by 
slim margins 

Greg T. Spielberg 

Orient Staff 

The results from this year's 
student government were 
announced Sunday evening, with 
several of the elections decided 
by fewer than twenty votes. 

According to Ed MacKenzie, 
Vice President of Student 
Government Affairs, "the turn- 
out for the school [election] was 
900 students, and the senior 
class had the highest response 
rate with 300 votes." 

Elected to the offices of class 
president: Ryan Quinn '03, 
Ryan Chisholm '04, Peter 
Hastings 'OS, and Evan 
Fenstcrstock '06. 

Elected to the offices of vice 
president: Bill Day '03, Michael 
Healey '04, Whit Schrader 'OS, 
and Hosheus Isaac '06. 

Elected to the offices of 
Community Service Officer: 
Tiana Gierke '03. Europa Yang 
'OS, and Alana Wooley '06. 

Elected to the offices of treas- 
urer: Tim Riemer '03. Chad 
Pelton '04, Sue Kim 'OS. and 
Joseph Brazzi '06. 

Elected as Bowdoin Student 
Government Representatives 
(two from each class): seniors 
Andrew Miness and Adriana 
Schick, juniors Alexis Bawden 
and Lora Trenkle, sophomores 
Andrew Clark and Vivian 
Jaynes, and first-years Molly 
Dorkey and Daniel Schuberth. 

and the intellectual life on campus. But 
I think it's something we really need to 
investigate." Mills cited the fact that 
Bowdoin 'Is nearly the smallest school 
in the cohort that we consider ourselves 
a part of," and that expansion might 
allow the College to become more com- 
parable in size without adversely affect- 
ing the academic programs or social 

By expanding the College, the possi- 
bility of diversifying the student body 
increases. Hopefully, this would make 
Bowdoin more attractive to prospective 

Mills is also very aware, though, of 
some of die logistics that must be con- 
sidered if the College is to expand By 
bringing in more students every year, 
there are basic issues that need to be 
addressed to effectively maintain their 

"There are a lot of issues that we 
need to think about," said Mills. 'There 
are issues related to facilities, student 
housing, residential life, class size, aca- 
demic programs, let alone the finances 
of the College" 

On the topic of finances, Mills also 
stressed the importance of endowment 
per student Because an increase in die- 
student body would dilute the endow- 

Please see EXPANSION, page 2 

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Evan Kohn, Bowdoin Orient 

TV /•VapH f^i«4n«^ to be renovated in an effort to restore the stones 

and mortar to a more architecturally sound stale. "Stage One, * which 

involves netting die steeples, will be completed in October. 

English classes get tropical twist 

Grant to English professor promotes emphasis on Caribbean culture, literature 

Ted Reinert 

Orient Staff 

A grant to English professor 
Patricia Saunders will bring a taste of 
Caribbean culture to campus this 
year. Saunders, now in her fourth 
year at Bowdoin, has been awarded 
the first "Emerging Voices. New 
Directions" grant from the Ford 

According to Saunders, her pro- 
posal. Swimming Against the Tides: 
Caribbean Culture and Market 
Values in the Age of Globalization, 
"incorporates a multidisciplinary 
approach to exploring Caribbean cul- 
ture and globalization." The grant is 
offered to "individuals, organiza- 
tions, and projects that work to main- 
tain, interrupt, and transform rela- 
tions of power in a global society." 

The $42,000 grant will allow 
Saunders to "build an active reader" 
for her courses, Caribbean Popular 
Culture: Narrative, Nationalism, and 
Identity (Africana Studies / English 
287) and Literature, Culture, and 
Value in the Age of Globalization 
(English 336), bom being taught for 
the first time this year with the for- 
mer in the fall and the latter in the 

Tne classes will bring speakers 
from several different disciplines to 
campus. The grant also provides four 
fellowships, three for students and 
one for a faculty member, for sum- 
study in the Caribbean. 

The idea behind me grant is to 

Hans Law, Bowdoin Orient 
Historic Massachusetts Hall houses the English department 

expose Bowdoin students and faculty 
to the vast array of research and 
scholarship in Caribbean Studies 
abroad and in the United 

Stales as well," said Saunders. 
Speakers will typically spend three 

return for 

Rose Kent 

Staff Writer 

This weekend nearly 300 alum- 
ni will return to Bowdoin for a 
weekend of workshops, meetings, 
and the presentation of awards. 
The Fall Volunteer Conference of 
the Alumni Fund, Alumni 
Council, and BASIC Volunteers is 
being held from Thursday to 
Saturday this week. 

"[There is] a common thread for 
all in attendance. They care 
deeply about Bowdoin College 
and invest incredible amounts of 
time and energy to make Bowdoin 
a special place," said Alumni 
Relations Director Kevin Wesley. 

The Alumni Council, made up 
of 32 alumni of all ages from 
around the country, consists of 12 
committees who oversee a variety 
of events and programs, including 
Alumni Education, Volunteer 
Engagement, Career Services and 
Multi-cultural Alumni 

Involvement. The Council will 

Bowdoin has "one of 
the most dedicated 
alumni in the coun- 
try..,** [with] nearly 
six out of ten donating 
money to the Alumni 
Fund each year. 

look at ways to effectively let 
more class volunteers "help in a 
meaningful way," according to 

Currently, there is an exception- 
al desire among Bowdoin alums to 
become involved in the communi- 
ty, and there aren't enough posi- 
tions to satisfy all volunteers 
"[It's] a great problem to have," 
said Wesley. 

They will also be looking for 

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The Culture of Violence- 
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September 27, 2002 


The Bowdoin Orient 

D'Angelo promoted to Facilities Director 

Jennie Cohen 

Staff Writer 

After serving the Bowdoin Facilities 
Management Department for over 
seven years, Dave D'Angelo was 
recently promoted to the position of 
Director of Facilities Management, 
from associate director. D'Angelo 
received the appointment as the result 
of a national search in which the col- 
lege received over 200 applications, 
said Bill Torrey m a letter to the college 
community last week. 

When asked about the future of 
Facilities Management, D'Angelo 
replied. "We're in a planning process 
to look at the long term maintenance of 
the buildings. We've just come out of a 
phase where we built over $100 mil- 
lion worth Of projects in the last seven 
years. I believe it is very important to 
focus on the buildings that we have and 
do some renovations to them" 

Commenting on the responsibilities 
of his new position. D'Angelo staled, 
"the Director of Facilities sets a tone. 
I'm really here to support the other 
people in facilities so that they can do 
what they need to do to maintain the 
building I am the person that, through 
my interactions with the senior staff, 
has the vision of where we need to get 

There an* 117 buildings associated 
with Bowdoin. both on and off cam- 
pus The facilities maintenance staff 
consists of 125 employees. 

Karsten Moran, Bowdoin Orient 

Bowdoin Facilities Management is working in conjunction with the 
town to ready Park Row for the Chamberlain statue. 

'The latest building that we're 
working on is a new academic build- 
ing, Kanbar Hall,'' D'Angelo said. 
Recent projects include the newly 
completed outdoor leadership center 
and the children's center, which will be 
completed by January first, D'Angelo 

He acknowledged the success of the 
buildings completed under the guid- 
ance of the facilities department. "I like 
the fact that the buildings that we've 
built have had a level of quality to them 
that I can be proud of as a member of a 
team. We've won at least one award for 

every building that we have built. And 
we've developed processes... that 
we've had colleges from all over the 
country call up and ask 'how are you 
doing this?"' 

As someone who has had worked at 
several other companies, D'Angelo 
concedes, "Bowdoin is a very special 
place. There's a quaility to the design 
of the buildings that the students who 
inhabit them can get something out of. 
It's my opinion that students experi- 
ence the architecture of Bowdoin every 
day, and it has an impact on their 
thought processes." 

College considers increasing class sizes; adding facilities and residences 

EXPANSION, from page I 

ment per student, careful steps need to 
be taken by the administration to balance 
the number of students to maximize the 
financial well-being of the College. 

Said Mills. "I really think that it's 
important fix places like Bowdoin to 
locus on endowment per student. 
Because we are not tuition-driven, the 
endowment allows us to do what is spe- 
cial at this college." Students' perspec- 
tives have been mixed about the discus- 
sion of the expansion of the college. 

Namsoo Lee '01 said that increasing 

the number of students and the diversity 
at Bowdoin "would make it more possi- 
ble to share ideas," but also commented 
that he thought addition of a few hun- 
dred kids "would not make a significant 
enough improvement at Bowdoin to 
outweigh the costs." 

Jon Rizzo '06 also had mixed opin- 
ions on the possibility of expanding the 
College. "1 think that it's a positive that 
we are looking to improve the student 
body here." he says. "Increasing the 
number would help improve academic 
diversity, but I am not sure that it would 
be a large impact with only 200 more 


Although Mills realizes that his vision 
for the improvement of Bowdoin will 
take many years of planning and imple- 
mentation, he feels as though the school 
requires an investigation as to whether 
or not an increase in students could ben- 
efit the college. 

Mills added, "I think that there is a lot 
of support for the discussion of expand- 
ing the college. There are reasons why 
it's worth talking about, in terms of 
deepening the academic life here. But 
beyond that I think that we need to do 
the work and really think about it" 


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Williams steps down as 
Student Affairs V.P. 

President Hafler names Bawden as replacement 

fill my contract" to the student 

Hannah Dean 

Staff Writer 

Conor Williams '05, elected last 
year as the Vice President of 
Student Affairs for student govern- 
ment at Bowdoin College, recently 
resignedtrom his position. 

Many who participated in the 
election will remember his prom- 
ises of "great things, 

dreams carried out A , . . , ..... 

through focused Although eager to fulfill 

action in the best his new role t he found 
interests of the stu- t y xat «p ersona \ reasons 

and other time commit- 


Williams also observed that it 
seemed that due to time commit- 
ments, student government had 
more trouble finding "well round- 
ed people." He said that this might 
be due to a "highly centralized 
system that lends itself to highly 
devoted members." 

dent body." 

Although eager to 
fulfill his new role, 
he found that "per- 
sonal reasons and 
other time commit- 
ments" were pre- 
venting him from serving the stu- 
dent body to his full capabilities. 

Williams said that he "wouldn't 
blame student government," but 
did comment that "structurally 
there is an emphasis on large time 
commitments in terms of the top 
six positions." Involved in many 
other clubs as well as a club sport, 
Williams did not have the "avail- 
able" time to fulfill the job, to Ail- 

ments" were preventing 
him from serving the 
student body 

Williams said 
that he "feels 
bad for leaving 
them in the 
lurch," Jason 
Hafler '04, the 
President of 
Student Affairs, 
is actually 

somewhat elat- 
ed by the whole affair. 

Although he was "sad to see 
Williams go," he is also pleased 
with the replacement candidate — 
Alexis Bawden '04. Hafler said 
that he is "really happy that we're 
going to have a woman at a high 
level in student government." He 
feels that Bawden will "add a new 
perspective" that will serve to 
diversify opinion at the top level. 

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College Life 


CDC prepares smallpox 
vaccine plan 

The Centers for Disease Control and 
Prevention recently released new proce- 
dures for the handling of an outbreak of 
smallpox in the case of a bioterrorist 
attack. The guidelines are called the 
Smallpox Vaccination Guide and con- 
tain instructions on the vaccination of 
entire populations within a week of an 

Federal officials decided not to vac- 
cinate the U.S. population proactively, 
as the current vaccine carries some risk; 
300 to 350 people could die in die event 
of population-wide vaccination. 

Currently, health officials have 
enough vaccine for 150 million people 
and expect to have enough stock for all 
288 million Americans by the end of the 
year. . « 

Scientific research centers in the 
United States and Russia are the only 
known source of the smallpox vims, but 
officials are worried that terrorist 
groups will acquire the virus and release 
it in the U.S. An epidemic could kill up 
to 30 percent of the U.S. population. 

Museum of Sex comes 
to New York City 

Four years after its conception, the 
Museum of Sex will open to the public 
this Saturday at a Times Square location 
in New York City. 

Offering exhibits on the sexuality of 
the city from the mid-19th century to 
the present day, the museum uses art, 
documents, film posters, objects, pho- 
tographs, and cartoons to offer an 
adults-only glimpse into the sexual 
background of America's largest city. 

The subject matter ranges from the 
tame to the obscene, but the curator 
insists that the museum takes its subject 
matter seriously. 

Admission prices are set at $17 per 

Sorority named in 
$100 million lawsuit 

The family of drowned California 
State University Los Angeles student 
Kristin High is suing the sorority she 
was pledging. Alpha Kappa Alpha 
( A K A), for wrongful death. 

High, 22, and another student, 
Kenitha Saafir, 24, drowned on 
September 9 at DockweUer State Beach 
near Playa del Rey, C A in an alleged 
incident of hazing. 

Both students were pledging AKA, 
with several members of the sorority 
present at the beach that night. 
Although the Los Angeles Police 
Department said that the death appeared 
accidental. High's family alleges that 
she was blindfolded and tied up before 
being led into riptide currents in the 

High was engaged and the mother of 
a two-year-old son. 

College near WTC 
sees enrollment rise 

The Borough of Manhattan 
Community College, a stone's throw 
away from the World Trade Center in 
New York, is seeing record enrollment 
numbers this year after losing five stu- 
dents and one of its buildings in the 9/1 1 
terrorist attack. 

Although the increase can be partial- 
ly attributed to the faltering economy — 
community college enrollment often 
rises during economic woes— college 
officials are still surprised by this year's 
18,000-student enrollment figure, 1,000 
more sturtrnrs than the previous year. 

The attacks heavily damaged a 15- 
story campus building, and the college 
is currently using any available spaces 
on and off campus to fomprmat for 
the shortage of spue. 

Approximately 600 students did not 
return following the attacks, but enroll- 
ment recovered in the spring. 

— ContjUedbyKyieSkXer 

The Bowdoin Orient 


September 27, 2002 

Executive Committee 
discusses policy in Boston 

Alec Schley 

Staff Writer 

The Executive Committee met 
on September 20 at the Hyatt 
Harborsidc Hotel in Boston to 
discuss College policies, and- 
more specifically, how money is 
spent at Bowdoin. The meeting, 
with 28 Executive Committee 
members in attendance, was the 
first of three held annually. 
Generally, the committee meet- 
ings are held four weeks before a 
full Board of Trustees meeting. 

The Executive Committee has 
nearly the same power as the full 
Board of Trustees, but can nei- 
ther elect a President nor alter 
the by-laws of the College. 

The agenda for each of the 
Executive Committee meetings 
does not vary greatly. According 
to Richard Mersereau, Secretary 
of the College, "The finances of 
the college, which include the 
development of the budget, the 
performance of the investment, 
the plans of the Development 
Office, and the activities of the 
Audit Committee are the focuses 
of every meeting [of the 
Executive Trustee Committee]." 

Although the committee has 

the power to vote on a number of 
significant issues, it often shies 
away from doing so. Generally, 
large decisions regarding College 
policy are saved for full Board of 
Trustees meetings. Said 
Mersereau, "The Executive 
Committee has nearly all the 
powers of the full board, but it 
avoids using them. It will usually 
vote on insignificant things, but 
if time is an issue, it will vote on 
significant things." 

The Executive Committee 
meetings, essentially, serve to 
determine what matters need to 
be focused on for the Board of 
Trustee Meetings. The process 
for determining important school 
policies, such as tuition, began 
with the meeting on September 
20, and will likely culminate 
with voting on key issues in 

As of now, nothing discussed 
by the Executive Committee is 
conclusive. The Executive 
Committee considered a new set 
of College by-laws at its most 
recent meeting. The new by-laws 
would not significantly alter cur- 
rent rules and regulations, but 
would be re-written in a language 
that is easier to understand. 

Ford grant gives English department opportunity to explore Caribbean culture 

GRANT, from page 1 

or four days at Bowdoin, giving lec- 
tures, workshops, and independent 
study meetings. All events will be 
open to the public. Saunders hopes to 
reach beyond the Bowdoin communi- 
ty by holding some events in 

The first lecture will be held on 
October 8 at 7 p.m. in Searles 31S 
with a reception to follow. Filmmaker 
Robert Yao Ramesar from the 
University of the West Indies campus 
in St. Augustine, 
Trinidad will deliver a 
talk called "CarirVbeing" 
and Shalini Puri from the 
University of 

Pittsburgh's Department 
of English will speak on 
Negotiating National Identities." 

The grant will also include a read- 
ing group involving faculty in several 
disciplines from Bowdoin as well as 
Bates, Colby, Boston College, 
Harvard, and the University of 
Southern Maine as well as curriculum 
development through meetings 
between faculty from Bowdoin and 
the University of the West Indies. 
Saunders spent last year on leave on a 
Porter Fellowship as a Visiting 
Professor in the Department of 
Liberal Arts at U.W.I, in St. 

The students in die 300-level class 
next spring will create presentations 
for public workshops on "a cultural 
practice, institution, or symbol from 
Caribbean or Caribbean-American 
culture" of their choice, and the value 
of these cultural symbols in the glob- 
alization era. 

"The idea is that students will be 
able to share with their peers some of 
the extensive and complicated negoti- 
ations taking place beneath the sur- 
face of seemingly accepted notions of 
'belonging, "citizenship,' 'communi- 

Other parts of the grant will include a reading 
group involving faculty in several disciplines from 
Bowdoin as well as Bates, Colby, Boston College, 
Harvard, and the University of Southern Maine... 

ty' — all terms and ideas which are 
pushed to their limits as part of 
processes of globalization," said 

Saunders' first book, Disciplining 
Discourses, Translating Identities: 
Caribbean Literature and the 
"Quarrel with (H)istory, concerning 
literature, nationalism, and gender in 
the English-speaking Caribbean, 
evolved from her dissertation. Her 
second book project is on Jamaican 
popular culture, specifically dance- 
hall music and culture. 

"In this book I am interested in 

examining the extent to which global- 
ization — and its attendant migrations, 
trends, ruptures, and collisions — are 
represented in Jamaican music," said 

"One of the things I am most inter- 
ested in is how economic policies 
(such as structural adjustment) 
are appropriated and transformed in 
cultural dialogues between the state 
and its citizens." 

The book's topics are echoed in 
Caribbean Popular Culture. "We talk 
a lot about the way migration and the 
movement of 
ideas, values, 
and identities 
across national 
and interna- 
tional bound- 
aries necessi- 
tates new criti- 
cal perspectives capable of identify- 
ing emerging modes of cultural 

"I'm interested in learning about a 
culture that's very different from my 
own," said Brandon Kaplan 'OS, a 
student in Caribbean Popular Culture. 
Kaplan cited "the levels of diversity 
of culture the class confronts in 
focusing on one small area of the 
globe," as one of the most interesting 
things about the class, "because of the 
nature of the area we're studying." 

Alums discuss fundraising, class unity at meeting 

ALUMNI, from page I 

ways to keep students connected 
after they graduate and to get more 
people actively involved in plan- 
ning and fundraising efforts. 

Newer issues, such as the fact 
that alums are more spread out, 
have come up in the last few years 
and need to be addressed as well. 

Demographics have shifted, 
pressures on time are greater today 
than in the past, yet the Alumni 
Office's goal is to have Bowdoin 
graduates maintain the same level 
of involvement in the college. 
They hope to achieve this through 
programs such as alumni travel 
with CBB professors and the 
alumni college program, which 
brings SO alumni back to campus 
in the summer to study a specific 
topic with Bowdoin professors. 

Committee heads of the BASIC 
(Bowdoin Alumni Schools 
Interviews Communications) 

National Advisory Board will also 
meet for workshops this weekend. 

The workshops will focus on 
leadership, fundraising strategies, 
and clarification of goals. 
According to Wesley, BASIC vol- 
unteers are the "extended arms of 
the admissions office" who con- 
duct interviews with prospective 
students and host college fairs in 
various cities all over the country. 

The Alumni Fund Directors are 
also meeting to discuss the annual 
alumni giving and to work on 
reaching participation goals. 
Bowdoin has "some of the most 
dedicated alumni in the country, 
with the rate of giving at 57 per- 
cent," said Wesley. 

The fund raises over six million 
dollars each year, which then go 
into the general operating budget 
of the College and helps to pay for 
expenses such as facilities, main- 
tenance, salaries, and financial 

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September 27, 2002 

Fed tu res. 

The Bowdoin Orient 


Dazed and confused 

Where is the economy going now? 

Finances Today 

Timothy J. Riemer 


Courtesy of 


Alan Greenspan, Chair of the Federal 
Reserve Board. 

Tuesday afternoon the Federal Reserve 

Board decided to leave interest rates 

unchanged at 1 .75 percent again. Although 

this was 

expected, it 

was a surprise 

to hear of the 

dissents hy two 

of the 12-per- 

son board. 

This dissension 

by two mem- 
bers seemed to 

send the stock 

market plum- 
meting again to 

its lowest mark 

since 1998. 
Although I 

do not even 

pretend to be 

an expert on 

the economy, it 

seems to me 

that there is an 

air of uncertainty about the near future of 

the economy. 

Many people argue that wc are coming 
out of poorer economic times, but there arc 
many indicators that seem indicate other- 
wise. The last time wc came out of a reces- 
sion the trade deficit was not actually a 
deficit, but a surplus. 

However, nght now the U.S. has its 
largest trade deficit ever — more than five 
percent of domestic output. This is one of 
the reasons why the Fed has been able to 
keep the interest rate this low for so long. 
The Fed usually has to increase the interest 
to attract investment from around the world 
dunng hard economic times, but U.S. 
products and companies have been able to 
attract investors despite low interest rates. 
This is probably because the U.S. is the 
only economy that has continued to 
expand. . 

If foreign investment begins to drag, this 
will be bad news for the U.S.. as the value 

Courtesy of 

Larry Lindscy, Class of 1976, 
Economic Advisor to the 

of the dollar could plummet, as a result of 
increased interest rates to counteract lack 
of foreign, giving rise to inflation, and fur 
ther economic woes. Unfortunately the 
drop in foreign investment has already 
begun with foreign waning in light of the 
troubles surrounding corporate malfea- 

In addition to this there is concern that 
the strongest sector of the economy dunng 
the recession, the housing market, may be 
beginning lo fade itself . Even though the 
housing market is expected to set record 
highs ibis year, existing housing sales 
dropped by 1 .7 percent in August signaling 
troubles in that sector. If the housing mar 
ket falls through, and the rest of the econo- 

my docs not pick up the slack, this could be 
disastrous for the economy. 

The biggest question surrounding the 
economy is the 
situation in Iraq. 
The potential 
for war has 
everybody wor- 
ried about the 
future of the 
economy. A 
war with Iraq 
would have 
great effects on 
our economy — 
the biggest 
being the price 
of oil. Crude oil 
prices shot to a 
19-month high 
just due to con- 
cerns about a 
war with Iraq. 

Bush's chief economic advisor. Lawrence 
Lindscy, Class of 76) said that a war with 
Iraq would cost the US. $100 billion, but 
Lindscy believes that this wouldn't lead to 
another recession. 

This uncertainty about the future price 
of oil and the overall state of the economy 
has most likely left investors very uncertain 
about what to do with their money. This is 
reflected in economic analysts lowering 
their fourth quarter estimates for the econ- 

Federal Reserve Board Chairman, Alan 
Greenspan, also said that he did not think a 
war with Iraq would lead to another reces- 
sion. However, the dissent by two of the 
members of the Federal Reserve Board 
indicates that some don't share 
Greenspan's certainty about the economy. 
It appears that the economy is walking a 
thin tight rope right now that could be bro- 
ken by many factors. This apparent insta- 
bility of the market is probably why so 
many experts are in opposition and most 
investors are in a daze. If current condi- 
tions hold, the economy could see a recov- 
ery in the near future, but if any conditions 
change, the economy could slip back into 
another recession that would probably be 
longer and worse than the last one. 

Out in full again 

BOC notes for this week 

Courtesy of 

The Rapid River in northwestern Maine, where the BOC Whitewa- 
ter kayak club will be going this weekend. 

Cecily Upton 


The Bowdoin Outing Club members 
were in full force last weekend. We have 
been blessed by the weather gods over 
these past weeks, and they smiled on us 
again both Saturday and Sunday. 

The beginner Whitewater kayaking 
class finished up their coursework on 
Errol River, just over the New 
Hampshire border, practicing all the 
crazy skills they learned in the pool. For 
those of you interested in Whitewater 
kayaking, yet have never tried it, stay 
tuned for information regarding next 
semester's class. 

The service trip' planned for Baxter 
State Park last weekend was cancelled 
by the park, but that did not stop Aaron 
Donohoe from leading a great overnight 
to Gulf Hagas, a former Pre-Orientation 
trip destination. 

The Saturday sea kayakers paddled 
around Bethel point in the beautiful sun- 
shine, but formidable wind. Sunday's 
flatwater canoeists spent the day enjoy- 
ing the river on the last day-trip of the 
season; luckily there is still one more 
overnight trip left. 

The BOC hosted two speakers in the 
past week, both of whom had exciting 
information to share with those in atten- 
dance. Alex Laden recounted her solo 
sea kayaking trip down the Inside 
Passage between Alaska and Washington 
State, as well as a trip she made from 

Midpoint of history 

World War 11 Series 

f Third in a series ) 

Kid Wongsrichanalai 

Staff Writer 

They believed it to be the mid-point of 
all history. From that moment they could 
look back five thousand years and see the 
first historical record — the chronicle of 
mankind's journey towards an unknown 
destiny. They believed themselves to be 
fortunate not only because of medicines 
that could only have been dreamed of 
decades earlier but also because of new 
technologies, which would have made 
the most brilliant scientist of the previous 
era gasp in awe. Before them stood an 
era of optimism, or so they believed — 
desperate people who have seen the 
rough life are willing to stake anything 
on the uncertainty of a better world. If 
they looked back upon their own lives 
they could very well see a generation that 
had weathered the Great War— that 
nightmare world of strange foxholes and 
en dl ess ti caches where death and chaos 
ruled the muddy, gas filled battlefields of 
western Europe. A generation of 

had gone to war with each other and the 
machine that had long been kept deep 
inside the mind of man's ingenious sci- 
entists was finally let loose to show the 
world the might of the engine, of the 
machine gun, of the tank, of the airplane. 
That time of trial and trouble had 
swiftly passed and the millions of bodies 
still stank the globe in a filth that, 
strangely enough, could be washed away 
only with more blood. But the stench 
was suppressed beneath the burgeoning 
communities and the grand ideals. The 
generation that had watched the dawn of 
the twentieth century, praying that it 
would not be another war-torn one, the 
gener a t i on that bad to first face the hor- 
rors of modern battle continued to push 
forward, blocking away the mem o ri e s, 
training their eyes on a peace that could 
eventually never be kept 

Please see WWII, page 5 

Portland, Maine, all the way up the coast 
to Machias. She brought some interest- 
ing and inspiring slides and maps, as 
well as equipment used to keep friendly 
and not-so-fnendly critters away from 

Gina Low, who spoke last Tuesday, 
represented APECA, the Association 
Promoting Education and Conservation 
in Amazonia She shared information 
for students regarding opportunities in 
health care and conservation in South 
America. Be sure to mark October 8 on 
your calendars, when Josh Howell will 
speak about his adventures in Chile. 

This upcoming weekend, two great 
overnights will be heading out The last 
Katahdin trip of the season leaves Friday 
and returns Sunday. Be sure to wish the 
tripees luck as they attempt to climb the 
highest mountain in Maine. The white- 
water kayak club will also be sending an 
overnight to the Rapid River. This beau- 
tiful river in northwestern Maine was 
home to Louise Dickenson Rich, a great 
woman author writing about the beauty 
and hardship of life in the Maine woods. 

On Sunday, the BOC will send out 
two day trips, climbing and sea kayak- 
ing. The climbers will head to die 
Camden Hills, where climbs afford 
exciting terrain and amazing views of 
Penobscot Bay. Sea kayakers will 
explore the coast around Bowdoin. Go 
along to prepare for the upcoming sea 
kayak overnight! 

Just because next weekend is Parent's 
weekend, doesn't mean you can't go out 
on a BOC trip. Take your parents along 
to Morse Mountain on Saturday for a 
short hike. For all of you whose parents 
are not coming, we have three student 
trips on Sunday: the final sea kayak day- 
trip, the final Whitewater rafting trip, 
whitewata kayaking and a service and 
ecology trip. 

Be sure to sign- 
up for all of these 
trips early next 
week at the OLC. 
Don't forget about 
open pool sessions 
for kayaking 
(Wednesday, 7 
p.m. to 9 p.m.), 
and the climbing 
wall in Sargeant 
Gym (Tuesdays 
and Thursdays, 7 
p.m. to 9 p.m.). 
Remember, the 
OLC is open 
Sunday through 
Thursday evenings 
from 7 p.nx lo 11 
p-m. for studying, 
hanging out and 
learning ante 
about the HOC 
Hope to see you 
out tee! 

Why should 
students vote? 

Aimee Tow 

Staff Writer 

Every fall, students from all over the 
country (and the world) flock the 
Brunswick, Maine to attend a small liber- 
al arts school called Bowdoin College. 
They educate themselves in everything 
from sculpture to physics, play two differ- 
ent sports, are involved with an infinite 
number of campus organizations, and still 
have time to party on weekends. Students 
become quickly immersed in a completely 
new environment, which a month ago they 
knew nothing about As brand new citi- 
zens to this area, who previously had no 
connection to the area, why should stu- 
dents vote on Election Day? 

Bowdoin students who attended the 
ALL DAY voter registration drive on 
Tuesday had many insights. Sophomore 
Rebecca Fontaine believes it is important 
to vote because democracy is built upon 
the principle to be represented. She says 
'it's not a democracy if you don't vote and 
voice your opinions." We can also gleam 
important reasons to vote from recent his- 
tory. "After the 2000 election, it is very 
obvious that democracy depends upon the 
individual voter and that an individual can 
make a difference," sums up junior Alissa 

Politicians are influenced by their con- 
stituents. Since our age group (18 to 24) 
has the lowest voter turnout of all voting 
age groups (less than 20%), politicians do 
not pay attention to the issues we are con- 
cerned about Instead, they listen to the 
concerns of older voters who voted for 
them or who will vote for them in the 
future. Therefore, they focus on issues like 
retirement and health care; not issues stu- 
dents are concerned about like the envi- 
ronment, discrimination, and affordable 
public housing. 

To me, this mindset makes perfect 
sense. Why should politicians waste their 
time focusing on issues of people who are 
not even going to make it to the polls the 
next time Election Day rolls around? This 
is why students should vote. Politicians in 
Maine do affect us. In the spring of 2000, 
there was a movement in Maine to restrict 
college students from voting in any Maine 
elections. This is a clear violation of our 
rights as citizens of the United States. By 
mobilizing Bowdoin students to vote, 
together we can hold politicians account- 
able for the promises they make during 
their campaign on the issues that WE care 

This Thursday at 7 pm, there is a 
Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on the 
Environment in Portland. Free van trans- 
portation will be provided by the 
Environmental Studies Department. 
Come at meet the candidates for governor 
If you are interested, contact Aimee Tow at> - 



• • 

Throuibrthe Dump & 
Run Move Out Collection program 
last spring Bowdoin College students 
donated I, 035 pounds of unopened 
food and hygiene products to local food 
hanks & over twice that amount in 
clothing to local clothing hanks, the 
Salvation Army and Goodwill. 
By selling unwanted-student items in 
the Dump & Run yard sale we raised 
nearly $12,000 that benefited 1$ local 
charitable organizations in the area. 


ThM&owdoin Orient 


September 27, 2002 

Part 1 : Right in the middle of it 

WWII, from page 4 

In 1928, Herbert Hoover proclaimed 
of the new decade about to dawn, "Given 
a chance to go forward with die policies 
of the last eight years and we shall soon, 
with the help of God, be in sight of the 
day when poverty will be banished from 
this nation." It was an optimistic state- 
ment, which as history has shown, was 
based on a house of lies. In this same 
speech. Hoover announced that "our 
exports. . .are 58 percent greater than 
before die war. Constructive leadership 
and cooperation by the government have 
released and stimulated the energies of 
our people. Faith in the future has been 
restored. Confidence in our form of gov- 
ernment has never been greater." 

The thirties saw the advent of social 
security and unemployment insurance, 
hospitalization plans, the first cyclotron, 
sulfa drugs and the artificial lung, 
insulin-shock therapy, television, die 
five-day week and frozen foods. In the 
1930s a nickel could buy a candy bar, a 
cup of coffee, or a magazine; a nickel 
could get you a subway pass, or give you 
a go at the slot machine. John Steinbeck, 
the highly acclaimed author wrote of the 

Sure I remembered the Nineteen 
Thirties, the terrible, troubled, tri- 
umphant, surging Thirties. I can't think 
of any decade in history when so much 

happened in so many directions. Violent 
changes took place. Our country was 
modeled, our lives remolded, our gov- 
ernment rebuilt, forced to functions, 
duties and responsibilities it never had 
before and can never relinquish. 

The "violent changes" which 
Steinbeck mentioned came as a result of 
none other than the stock market crash in 
1929. Wrote Dixon Wecter 

Upon this world of uneasy prosperity 
the first blow fell in late October. Like 
the sound of a gunshot which starts an 
Alpine avalanche, a minor panic on the 
New York Stock Exchange began on the 
twenty-third among stocks that specula- 
tors had pushed to fantastic heights. The 
next day, "Black Thursday, " saw hyste- 
ria rampant. Brokers wept and tore off 
their collars trying to keep abreast sell- 
ing orders; sight-seers jammed the Wall 
Street district, ogled the arrival of great 
bankers in their limousines before the 
House of Morgan, and under the rumor 
of mass suicide gathered to watch an 
ordinary workman on a scaffolding in 
morbid expectation of his plunge. 

In the months that followed financial 
difficulties ravaged the nation. Gallows 
humor — like the one where a room clerk 
asks guests, "For sleeping or jump- 
ing?" — attempted to lighten spirits. John 
Steinbeck remembered the hard times, 
recounting the story of how he was 
forced to wash his laundry with soap 

made from pork fat, wool ashes, and salt. 
"It worked," he remembered, "but it took 
a lot of sunning to get the smell out of die 
sheets." Hard hit were the factory towns 
of New England. A touring writer, Louis 
Adamic recorded his findings: 

In Lowell (Massachusetts) I saw 
shabby men leaning against walls and 
lamp-posts, and standing on street cor- 
ners singly or in twos or threes; pathetic, 
silent, middle-aged men in torn, frayed 
overcoats or even without overcoats, bro- 
ken shoes on their feet (in a town manu- 
facturing shoes!), slumped in postures of 
hopeless discontent, their faces sunken 
and their eyes shifty and bewildered - 
men who winced and jerked queerly 
when they noticed me looking at them, 
and shuffled off uncertainly, wringing 
their hands in. a mingling of vague des- 
peration and or resentment at my gaze. 

In the town of Lawrence, Adamic 
found a similar situation: 

Men stood on curbs, wretchedness 
inherent in their every action and aspect; 
penniless men, most of them without any 
intelligent, objective idea of what was 
happening to mem, what was going on in 
Lawrence or in the textile industry One 
of them said to me, "I don I know noth- 
ing, only that I have no job. No job - no 
job, " he repeated in a shrill, half-hyster- 
ical voice. 

To be continued next week... 

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1 Spots 
4 Lash 

9 McDonald's "Big 

12 Bowed stringed 


14 Australian bear 

15 Fly alone 

16 Intelligence 

17 Opp. ofdoric 

18 Bow 

19 Car restraint 

21 Food 

23 Utilize 

24 Winter sport 

25 Representatives 
28 Old man 

31 Freudian selves 

34 MLB's Strawberry 

36 Oolong 

38 African antelope 

40 Giant 

41 Hammers, for 



Alack's partner 

Executive director 

Bad (prefix) 


Removes the water 

What a nurse gives 


French "yes" 

Good grief! 


Go looking at small 



Knitting stitch 

Short-term memory 


1 Car rental agency 

2 Have dinner 

3 Lounge 

4 Atmospheres 

5 Shaped 

6 Rave 

7 Boxer Muhammad 

8 Packages 

9 Day 

10 Lotion ingredient 

11 Monkshood 
13 Large number 
15 Small bunch of 


20 Occupy 

22 Stretch to make do 

25 Got angry 

26 Boner 

27 Before (prefix) 

29 Coral reef 

30 Eastern state 

32 Eyed 

33 Entrap 

34 Doctor (slang) 

35 Long-term memory 
37 American sign 


39 Ship initials 

42 Cereal 

43 Monkey 
47 Repeat 

49 Warble 

50 Take to court 
52 Bow 

55 Adult insect 

57 Sheep-like animals 

58 Peaks 

59 Adjoin 

Date rape concerns 

The drugs, the dangers, and the risks you should know 

Ask Dr. Jeff 

Jeff Benson, M.D. 

Dudley Coe Health Center 

Dear Dr. Jeff: "I've heard about a pill 
you can take to make the effects of alco- 
hol stronger. I believe it's called "roche" 
(pronounced "row-shay"), and can get 
you really drunk off of just one beer. What 
is it anyway?" D.K. 


I believe you're referring to a drug 
called Rohypnol, aka "Roche", 
"Roofies", "Roachies", etc., which is 
legally manufactured by the pharmaceuti- 
cal company Hoffmann-Roche. In 
Europe, Rohypnol is used as a surgical 
anesthetic. In this country, it has no legal 
use, and shows up most often as one of 
the "date rape drugs", substances used 
secretly to sedate and sexually assault 
women and men. 

Rohypnol is cheap and powerful. It 
comes as a white, dime-sized pill that dis- 
solves quickly in alcoholic beverages and 
soft drinks. It is tasteless and odorless, but 
if legally manufactured by Hoffmann- 
Roche, will turn pale liquids blue. Within 
5 - 20 minutes,' Rohypnol causes weak- 
ness, somnolence, confusion and amne- 
sia. These effects last four to six hours. 
Traces of the drug remain detectable in 
urine for up to 72 hours. 

Gamma Hydroxybutyrate ("GHB") is 
also being slipped into drinks, and has 
earned the nickname "Easy Lay". It 
comes as a clear liquid (odorless, but 
somewhat salty), or a white powder or 
tablet At lower "recreational" doses, 
GHB causes euphoria, exaggerated self- 
confidence, and disinhibiuon. At higher 
doses, GHB causes drowsiness, physical 
collapse, and amnesia GHB can be par- 
ticularly dangerous when taken with alco- 
hol and overdose may come quickly, 
unpredictably, and sometimes fatally. 
GHB's effects begin 10 to 20 minutes 
after ingestion, and typically last up to 4 
hours. Traces remain detectable in urine 
only for 12 hours. 

Ketamine (aka "Special K", "Kit Kat" 
or "Super C") is a surgical anesthetic used 
legally in this country for humans and ani- 
mals. At lower doses, it causes inattention, 
impaired judgement, and a PCP ("Angel 
Dust")-like dissociative state (out-of- 
body or near-death experience.) At higher 
doses, it causes frank hallucinations, dis- 
orientation, inability to communicate and 
to move, loss of consciousness and amne- 
sia. The effects of ketamine begin very 
quickly, and can last up to 12 hours. 
Ketamine usually leaves you with a hor- 
rific and long-drawn hangover. 

All of these dale-rape drugs are mar- 
keted and sold on-line. You may have 
read last week that the Justice Department 

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just busted a large web-based ring of 
GHB manufacturers and dealers. 

Judging by frequency of abuse, 
though, alcohol is still the sexual preda- 
tor's drug of choice. A recent study found 
that drinking played a central role in over 
70,000 reported cases of campus date rape 
in one year. Other studies have shown that 
up to 90% of reported sexual assaults on 
college campuses involve the use or abuse 
of alcohol. 

Drinking heavily can put you at risk for 
a variety of unhealthy and unsafe out- 
comes. Getting drunk might allow you to 
"get a little wild," but that might also 
involve increased risk-taking and care- 
lessness. Some of those "inhibitions" that 
get pushed aside are self-protccuve and 
might have been well thought out. Many, 
studies have shown that heavy drinking 
often leads to unplanned and unprotected 
sex. Any condom use, never mind proper 
condom use, is much less likely in this 
kind of scenario. 

So, where does this all leave us? It 
means we all need to do our part to protect 
ourselves and our friends. Don't go alone 
to parties. Don't accept any drink you 
haven't seen poured, and don't leave your 
drink uncovered or unattended. Don't 
share or exchange drinks. 

If you're feeling very intoxicated after 
only one or two drinks, get help, and 
make sure someone's watching out for 

If you're going to drink, drink safely 
and responsibly. Pace yourself, and know 
your limits. Don't drink alone, and what- 
ever you do, don't ever drink and drive. 

To your health and safety! 

Jeff Benson. M.D. 
Dudley Coe Health Center 

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September 27, 2002 

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One of my friends was sitting in 
my room earlier today creating a plan 
to suspend a train set from his ceil- 
ing, and after ten minutes of his 
imaginings someone informed him 
that most of us had grown out of that 
stage. Then I asked, "Do you ever 
think of anything realistic?" 

"It is realistic," he replied, "I could 
do it." And he could, and it would be 
a great thing to see, so what's wrong 
with the idea? 

When my brother was very young, 
he used to fantasize about flying cars. 
Anyone he liked was allowed into his 
flying car, and it was an honor to be 
granted passage. Now my brother is 
in business school, and he cringes at 
the mention of the flying car. 

I'm kicking myself right now for 
my response to the suspended train 
set, because there is nothing wrong 
with the idea, except that it's not par- 
ticularly economical, useful or space 
efficient. It's impulsive, but impul- 
sive isn't always bad. 

If I think about it, probably the 
most impulsive thing I've done in the 
past year was getting my hair cut last 
November. Two weeks ago I wrote 
about the necessity for change. 
Maybe change is about impulse and 

We are so constricted by expecta- 
tions and images of what we should 
be and how we should think. We 
don't know how to invest our minds 
to break down those expectations. 
We suck with releases that require no 
thought: watching screens, drinking, 
getting high on artificiality. 

For two weeks, I've been trying to 
decide how to use a gift certificate I 
received. For a few days I toyed with 
getting the K'NEX Ferris wheel 
(ages nine and up), which runs on a 
battery. My roommate even told me 
she was heartened by my inclination. 
Of course, I keep telling myself it 
will be useless; it won't really con- 
tribute to my personal growth in any 
way, so I fall back on books. I love 
books. They're useful; I'll have them 
for the rest of my life. Realistically, 
what am I going to do with a battery 
operated, three-foot tall Ferris 

Well, first 1 would put it together, 
and then it would probably sit some- 
where in my room, and every once in 
a while I'd turn it on, 
watch it run, and probably 
marvel at the mechanical 
perfection of the moment. 
So. I don't really know 
why I won't just let myself 
get it. It's not even going 
to cost me anything. 

My excuse continues to 
be that I don't need a toy 
Ferris wheel, which is 
true, but I don't really 
need anything for that 
matter. My friend doesn't 
really need a suspended 
train set, but we do need 
what those things embody. 
We need wonder; we need 
imagination; we need 
spontaneity; we need 
impulse. We need the will- 
ingness and desire not 
only to suspend trains 
from the ceiling, but to 
suspend ourselves a few 
inches above the things we 
already know. 

No longer popular, a nation pouts 

Katherine Crane 

Staff Writer 

We've decided we don't like 
Germany any more. In fact, we're so 
mad at those Germans we're not 
even going to talk to them, and nei- 
ther are any of our friends. You 
won't see them sitting at our lunch 
table, and it goes without saying 
we're going to cross them right off 
our list of best buds. 

The German Justice Minister said 
something that really hurt our feel- 
ings, and we don't take kindly to 
having our feelings hurt. She said 
that we just wanted to go to war to 
divert attention from the economy, 
and that Hitler did the exact same 

Now, if you're going to be nit- 
picky about it (and just so you know, 
we really hate nitpickers), maybe she 
was right. 

The economy isn't doing too great, 
and people aren't too happy about 
that, but we really wish they'd quit 
blaming us. 

Everything was so much easier 
last year. Almost everybody liked us, 
and the people who didn't like us 

were our enemies, and we knew who 
they were. The world was on our 
side, and we could do anything we 

We could drop bombs on 
Afghanistan, and we did, and that 
was a lot of fun, but it was over too 
soon and we got bored. 

Then we looked around one day 
and realized that we weren't as pop- 
ular as we used to be. We could do 

Afghanistan, we could have fun 
dropping bombs, and get points for 
fighting terrorism at the same time. 

True, Saddam hadn't actually done 
anything to us, but we figured out a 
way around that little problem. We 
knew Saddam really, really didn't 
want to let in weapons inspectors, so 
we told him he had to or we were 
going to start a war. * 

Only Saddam, being the world's 

Just like in Afghanistan, we could have 
fun dropping bombs, and get points for 
fighting terrorism at the same time... 

things wrong again, and that really 
scared us. 

So we came up with this idea, 
which we thought was good, and we 
were pretty dam proud of it until the 
Germans had to come along and be 
rude: we decided to start another war 
against Iraq. 

We figured everybody already 
hated Saddam Hussein, so attacking 
him would be an easy way to make 
people like us. And just like in 

biggest spoilsport, decided to agree 
unconditionally to what we asked 

That really made us mad. If you 
ask us, the only thing more annoying 
than having friends who don't agree 
with you is having enemies who do. 

So naturally, with Saddam being 
so dam unhelpful, all we could do 
was increase our demands, and sure 
enough, that worked. So right now. 
we feel pretty proud of ourselves, 

and if anybody tries to say that Hitler 
did the same- thing in 
Czechoslovakia, we're just going to 
stick our fingers in our ears and hum 
loudly until they go away. 

That's what we've been doing 
whenever Germany comes around 
trying to apologize. 

They're probably feeling pretty 
alone and unpopular right now. Not 
that we care. After all, how do they 
think it felt to be publicly criticized 
by one of our best friends? When we 
heard that Germany was still against 
us going to war, we decided right 
then and there that we were never 
ever going to be friends with 
Germany again, no matter how much 
they begged. 

Just to rub it in, we didn't call the 
Gerhard Schroder like we were sup- 
posed to when he got reelected. He 
probably sat by the phone that whole 
evening, waiting for us to call. He 
should have known you don't criti- 
cize our judgment and get away with 

After all, it's not easy being popu- 
lar. You have to know who your 
friends are. 


Doing some good the common way 

Lara Jacobs 


"Come on, almost at the top...." 

No, I'm not coaching myself up 
the mountain of purgatory or even 
Katahdin, only up the four flights of 
stairs leading to my dorm room. 
Usually living on the fourth floor 
isn't that big of a deal. 

Yes, in all honesty, I find myself 
opting for the elevator instead of the 
stairs in the library, or choosing the 
ramp in Smith Union, and perhaps I 
groan more often when I realize that 
I left the day's homework on my bed, 
requiring a return trip; but typically 
the stairs don't bother me too much. 

Tonight, however, I just got back 
from tutoring at the Kennedy Center 
in Portland, and with each step the 
burden of the paper needing to be 
written and the reading waiting to be 
read weighs a little more heavily on 
my shoulders. 

When combined with my 
headache from reading Beowulf with 
an ESL student, from racking my 
brain for any details from my seventh 

grade study of Lord of the Flies for a 
boy's English paper, from revisiting 
ionic bonding that I thought I had 
finally freed myself from my final 
day of chemistry class junior year, 
it's no wonder I'm a little out of 

So, you may be wondering at this 
point, why am I in this situation? 
Why do 1 volunteer? Step back some- 
times and ask yourself why you're 
doing what you are — it's not so you 
can put it on a college application 

degree reminds me of how fortunate 
I am that my stress comes from 
something as detached from life as a 
paper on The Oresteian Trilogy. 

On a campus where the largest 
problem can be not finding time to 
eat after a class but before the Orient 
meeting, it's important sometimes to 
step back from the "Bowdoin bub- 
ble" and remember people who don't 
have anything to eat at all. 

I volunteer because I believe that 
if you are lucky enough to have had a 

A vital part of Common Good Day lies in its title — should be a routine part of our lives. 

like in high school, and it's not some- 
thing that your parents signed you up 
for. In college what I do and how I 
spend my time are self-selected, con- 
sequently I'm responsible for my 

Yet, despite the fatigue, working 
with kids is a reprieve from the hec- 
tic and in some ways unreal school 
life at Bowdoin. On campus I am 
often guilty of stressing over work 
still to be done or a meeting to attend. 

Therefore, helping an eighteen- 
year-old girl who's married with a 
child and studying for a nursing 

family that read you stories growing 
up and that encouraged you to shoot 
for the moon and study hard, it's 
important to try to pass on and to 
share some of these gifts and these 

Although I come back to my dorm 
tired and ready to settle in for a long 
night of studying, I still have my 
paper to write and my play to read, 
I'm aware of the distinction between 
the urgent and the important, and 
realize that I'm fortunate enough to 
have most of what's important cov- 
ered and that I'll finish the urgent — 

my school work — by morning. 

Ultimately, a vital part of Common 
Good Day lies in its title — common. 
The "good" should be insignificant 
because we are doing it significantly; 
it should be a routine part of our 

By all means build for Habitat or 
tutor or paint this upcoming 
Saturday, but also remember that 
September 28 is only one of many 
opportunities we have for doing 
"good" — each day we have the 
power to hurt, to encourage, to com- 
fort, or to console family, friends, 
classmates, acquaintances, and 

What we do with that 
power — whether or not we help pick 
up the food a girl drops in Thome, or 
stand up for a, guy our friend just 
belittled, or listen to our brother who 
just got dumped for the first time, or 
help a girl from Senegal study for the 
SATs to create a better life — is 
indicative of how we live our own 

This Saturday is not just an annual 
event, but rather one more opportuni- 
ty for us to use our personal power in 
ways that reach beyond our own well 
being, one more chance we have to 
"do good". 

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8 September 27, 2002 


The Bowdoin Orient 

Virtue, piety, and Convocation 


Todd Buell 


This year's convocation was the 
first lime in many years that the cer- 
emony was not held in a church. 
President Mills discussed why he 
moved the service out of First Parish 
Church in the most recent issue of 
The Patriot. He said: "there are a 
significant number of people 
who ..feel uncomfortable attending 
Convocation in a church." 

I believe that this college should 
respect people's religious sensitivi- 
ties. However, to remove both 
Convocation and possibly 
Baccalaureate ceremonies from First 
Parish Church disrespects Bowdoin's 
long-standing relationship with the 
church and religion in general 

This weekend I read parts of Prof. 
Ernst Hclmrcich's book Religion at 
Bowdoin College. He wrote this short 
work in 1981 after he had retired 
from his post as a professor of histo- 
ry. The book explains Bowdoin's sto- 
ried, yet often ambiguous and con- 
fused relationship with religion. 
Contrary to popular belief. Bowdoin 
was not founded as a 
"Congregational School." Rather it 
was eight Congregational ministers 
who first successfully petitioned the 
General Court of Massachusetts to 
charter Bowdoin. Unlike many col- 
leges in those days, the school's first 
charter lacked any reference to edu- 
cating ministers or preaching the 
gospel as a goal of the new college. 

However, all of Bowdoin's early 
presidents were Congregational min- 
isters. Therefore it is no surprise that 
President McKcen's inaugural 
address in 1 802 defined the role that 
religion would play in Bowdoin's 

early years: "The governors and 
instructors of a literary institution 
owe to God and society the sacred 
duty of guarding the morals of the 
youth committed to their care." 

Bowdoin, as was the collegiate 
custom in those days, believed that 
morality and religion were inextrica- 
bly tied. Their policies manifested 
the words of eighteenth century Yale 
president Timothy Dwight, who 
wrote, "Where God is not wor- 
shipped, his character will soon be 
disregarded; and the obligation 
founded on it, unfelt, and forgotten." 

Students in Bowdoin President 
Appletons day (1807-1819) were 
forbidden from drinking, playing 
cards, smoking cigars, or associating 
with "any person of known dissolute 

These historical facts may seem 
trivial as we discuss the location of 
important school ceremonies. 1 dis- 
cuss these stories to show critics of 
holding Baccalaureate and 
Convocation in First Parish why they 
should not be offended by the loca- 
tion. Religion in Bowdoin cere- 
monies sanctifies good behavior and 
does not mandate Christian worship. 
Today we still have inviolable princi- 
ples that deserve ceremonial venera- 
tion. The Bowcloin of 2002 concerns 
itself more with plagiarism and intol- 
erance than playing cards and "dis- 
solute morals." But we are remiss if 
we think that the Bowdoin of 1802 
shares nothing with Bowdoin of 

Our social, academic, and honor 
codes would have some resonance 
with Bowdoin's early presidents. To 
use language from the early days, it 
is still illegal on campus for one to be 
"challenging, assaulting, or fighting 
with any person." Today we get in 
trouble with our proctor/RA if we 
"cause a disturbance... by playing an 

instrument, or making any noise or 
tumult" instead of being fined twen- 
ty cents. 

Even though our social and honor 
code explicitly states that it "imposes 
no specific morality on students," it 
is a product of an implicit Judeo- 
Christian morality. We could cover 
all incidents of potential code viola- 
tions if we substituted the current 
language with "Thou shalt not steal, 
thou shalt not lie," and "do unto your 
neighbor as you would have done to 
you." Perhaps it would be more accu- 
rate to say that our social and honor 
code imposes no "theology" instead 
of "morality." 

Holding school ceremonies at First 
Parish Church also does not impose a 
theology. Rather it reminds us of our 
school's history — of those who have 
come before us, signed the book, sat 
in the pews, and walked the quad. We 
are placed in a context that tran- 
scends our own time here at 

Holding Convocation and 
Baccalaureate in a church that has 
been an historical friend to the col- 
lege for 200 years is important 
because it can uphold modern "virtue 
and piety." Though today we under- 
stand those words more liberally than 
our forefathers did two hundred 
years ago, a solemn ceremony can 
reinforce a similar idea. 

Our predecessors believed that 
God's law and school law were con- 
joined. Today we should hold our 
important ceremonies in buildings 
laden with tradition to remind us that 
violating our standards insults not 
only ourselves but also the thousands 
of men and women whose lives 
Bowdoin has affected. First Parish 
Church is a historical and appropriate 
location for solemn ceremonies and 
it would be an insult to our history to 
alter that tradition. 


What two things do you wish 
you coiAd do at the same time? 

Antwan Phillips '06 

'Sleep and study.' 

Forrest Gump 

'Eat peas and carrots/ 

David Aron '05 

"Walk and 
chew gum." 


Women's Ultimate 
Frisbee Tmam 

"Eat at both the 

Thome and Moulton 

sundae bars." 

John Wayne 

"Piss on Bates 
and Colby." 

Holiday Douglas *05 

"Eat pork chops 

while watching a pig 

have a 30-minute 


I and Matt Ho¥^^ 

The Orient wonts to know... 

Where do you think our 

Convocation ceremony 


a) Pickard Theater 

b) First Parish Church 

c) Doesn't matter 

Send your comments to 
...and see the results next week! 

Little red Corvette, baby 
you're much too fast— 



So I don't own an SUV. I don't 
own a gas guzzling, hip, four- 
wheel drive, all-terrain vehicle. 

And I'm down with that, even at 
an SUV-laden campus like 

Instead, I own a 1991 Ford 
Taurus, yes, that's right, a 1991 
Taurus — red, automatic, grand- 
mother-style automobile. 

My car gets the shimmies on the 
highway, and the radio sounds like 
a child beating on a tin can. 

It has four wheels, a steering 
wheel, and even an engine, and you 
know what, after three years with- 
out a car, my little red 'corvette' is 
a godsend. 

Needless to say, my car is — how 
shall I say it? — a bit embarrassing 
to drive. 

Not that I mind driving used 
cars, or old cars, or Tauruses that 
have gone out of style, it's just that 
this particular car, well, has some 

First of all, after Hying in grand- 
mother land, a.k.a Florida, for the 
past ten years, it received quite a 
sunburn and the paint on it is peel- 
ing like it's never peeled before. 

Even Goldmember, yes that's an 
Austin Powers reference, would be 
put to shame. 

I can't go to a drive-through car 
wash for fear all remaining paint 
chips will be removed in one fell 
swoop, and any reddish hue 
remaining will bleach itself away 
in one sunny day. 

I get no respect in my car. 
People take one look at it and cut 
me off. 

They know I don't have the pick 
up to ride their tail, nor the speed 
to keep up with them much past 70 
on the highway (my speedometer 
goes no higher than a very opti- 
mistic 85 mph). 

This frustrates every Bostonian 
tendency that I have, where 80 
miles per hour and lane changes 
without signaling are the norm. 

Put me on a rural Maine road 
though and my little red corvette 
performs. |> 

But since not all places are rural, 
unoccupied roads like the Maine 
backwoods, I have learned to avoid 
certain, shall we say, public, and 

potentially embarrassing places. 

I do not go to full-serve gas sta- 
tions for fear that my increasingly 
resistant gas cap will not remove 
itself for the gas attendant. 

I do not go to drive through bank 
tellers. I do not go through toll- 
booths unless I have exact change. 

I do not cruise Maine Street. I 
do not drive around campus with 
the music blasting at 4 p.m. trying 
to outdo all the jocks in their 

I do not hang outside Thorne at 
dinnertime, and I definitely do not 
try to flirt with other drivers on the 

Of all the places my car could be 
right now, Maine is the perfect 
spot. Despite the Masshole license 
plate, my car screams Maine. 

It has a Bowdoin sticker, and it 
has some mean bear claw marks to 
back that up. 

You see, I went camping this 
past summer, and instead of hang- 

...I really do think 
Prince, or the symbol, 
or whatever he goes 
by now, was inspired 
by my car when he 
wrote his song. 

ing my food up in the trees like 
most. outdoor savvy people do, I 
decided to leave it in my car. 

In the middle of the night, I 
awoke to the sounds of a bear 
attacking my car, and sure enough, 
in the morning there were claw 
marks that ran from the roof down 
the whole windshield, and across 
the hood. 

They aren't just claw marks, 
they're mean claw marks, and 
they're grooved. You should check 
them out some day. They're very 

While my car may be "grand- 
motheresque", front bench seat and 
all, it gets the job done. 

And it doesn't use much gas get- 
ting it done. That is definitely a 
good thing because it limits the 
amount of time I must stand next to 
my car at the self-serve gas station. 

No matter its lack of beauty and 
speed, I really do think Prince, or 
the symbol, or whatever he goes by 
now, was inspired by my car when 
he wrote his song. 

Yeah, you could argue he was 
being sarcastic, but he definitely 
didn't write about a red SUV. 




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The Bowdoin Orient 

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September 27, 2002 9 

Violence reported on campus 

Sara Bodnar 

Staff Writer 

From CNN to The Sopranos, 
violence is at the forefront of the 
media and consistent in our enter- 
tainment. We see violence every- 
day in television shows, at the 
movies, and on the news. Images 
of violence pervade our environ- 
ment yet often escape our aware- 
ness. Perhaps we have become too 
desensitized, as we are so often 

"Shroud: Mother's Voices" is a 
memorial to the victims of a chain 
of murders in Connecticut. 
Museum director Katy Kline hopes 
that the exhibit will "promote 
awareness of all different kinds of 

The development of the exhibit 
was a collaborative effort, involv- 
ing the director of the Bowdoin Art 
Museum Katy Kline, independent 
curator Helaine Posner, and Donna 
Harkavy, a fellow curator. 

tackle topics related to The Culture 
of Violence exhibit: On 

Wednesday, October 9, History and 
Environmental Studies Professor 
Matthew Klingle will discuss 
American pop culture's portrayal 
of the West, "Things are going to 
get real Western: Myth, History, 
and Violence in the American 

Professor Klingle explains, "One 
cannot study the West without 
studying the myth of the West, and 

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On September 27, the Bowdoin 
College Museum of Art brings vio- 
lence to our attention through the 
medium of art. 51 pieces are dis- 
played at the exhibit, responding to 
domestic violence, child abuse, 
street crime, rape, hate crime, and 
school shootings. 24 contempo- 
rary artists appear in the exhibit, 
using a variety of techniques to 
enhance our knowledge of the vio- 
lence existing within our world. 

Pieces like Andy Warhol's 
silkscreen "Electric Chair" and 
Joel Stemfeld's crime scene pho- 
tography are disturbing reminders 
of the brutality on television and in 
the newspapers. 

Bradley McCallum's work 

Incited by the 1995 bombing in 
Oklahoma City, these three women 
dedicated approximately eight 
years of research and preparation 
to the project. The exhibit pre- 
miered last spring at the University 
of Massachusetts in Amherst, and 
after December will move to the 
University of Florida in 
Gainesville. The exhibit's opening 
reception was held last night, in 
Kresge Auditorium. 

Leon Golub, a prominent artist 
whose work renders occurrences of 
brutality and aggression, examined 
the connection between society 
and violence in his lecture, "Art 
and Violence." 

Bowdoin professors will also 

one cannot study the myth of the 
West without studying the ques- 
tions of violence." 

In her lecture on November 12, 
"The Cutting Edge of the Sublime: 
Violence and Realism," English 
Professor Ann Kibbie will share 
her ideas concerning the use of the 
sublime as an explanation for the 
enjoyment of violent and disturb- 
ing subject matter. 

"We all understand pleasure in 
art, but what about pain?" 
Professor Kibbie asks. 

Her lecture will address "the 
claims that art should make to real- 

Learning from South African art 

Meredith Hoar 

Staff Writer 

Quinby House began its weekly 
discussion series with a presenta- 
tion led by Professor Julie McGee 
of the Africana Studies Department. 
McGee. whose courses focus on 
African and African American art, 
spoke on "Race, Class, Privilege: 
Learning from South African 

McGee went to South Africa as a 
part of the CBB Cape Town pro- 
gram in fall 2001. While there, she 
worked with students to create an 
art exhibit in the township of 

McGee was away in the spring as 
well, making a documentary film 
with Vuyile Voyiya, a colleague she 
became acquainted with in South 

She chose to record her work in 

South Africa with a documentary 
film rather than a more "typical" 
mode of academic analysis such as 
a journal article because she wanted 
"to suppress [her] own voice and 
allow other peoples' voices to be 

Lundo Mduba, was one of the 
artists that McGee worked with. 
Growing up in a township, he did 
not have an opportunity for formal 
art training. His lack of a portfolio 
makes it impossible for him to get 
into a university art program. 

Mduba also helped McGee 
explain how different pressures 
affect artists. Mduba showed 
McGee a work with "biomorphic 
form" mat he had learned from a 
workshop-but refused to let her 
make it part of the exhibition, 
because it was different from his 
other work and "wasn't township 

enough." McGee said that other 
artists were just as adamant in 
rejecting characterizations as 
"township artists." 

Though the topic was a new one 
for most in attendance, students 
said that they got a lot from the talk. 

Laura Welsh '05 said, "Professor 
McGee gave a good background on 
how race is dealt with in South 
Africa, stemming from colonial and 
apartheid issues, and how these 
impact how art and artists are 
viewed in South Africa." 

The Quinby House Discussion 
Series is a weekly forum for dis- 
course on various subjects. Next 
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Professor 
Allen Springer, chair of the 
Government and Legal Studies 
Department, will lead a discussion 
entitled "To Attack Iraq? The 
International Legal Issues." 

The hot dog artist 

Macela Flanagan 

Staff Writer 

The best .art in New York is not 
necessarily at the Met. Chris Doyle 
will argue this point with anyone. 

For the past several years he has 
been experimenting with both public 
art projects and video work shown in 
public spaces. Tuesday night, after 
refuting the myth that artists do not 
like to talk about their work, he wel- 
comed the crowd to gather in Kresge 

By focusing on the relationships 
between public and personal, indi- 
vidual and group, and finding beauty 
in the mundane, Doyle creates a 
unique and animated body of work. 

Not only does Doyle frame his 
works in public spaces, he often 
involves the public as well. In his 
work, Commutable, 
Doyle chose to trans- 
form the New York 
Bridge, a route used 
by hundreds of com- 
muters everyday. 

He and a small 
crew covered the 
staircase with pieces 
of 24K gold leaf. 
The idea of "paving 
the streets with gold" was in his mind 
as he executed his plan. He hoped 
that the gold would slowly erode and 
be carried throughout the city on the 
soles of the commuters' feet. 

Being outside the studio for ten 
days pushed Doyle to think about 
how he could continue to involve 
people more directly with his work. 
LEAP was his answer. 

This project took place in 
Columbus Circle, Manhattan, giving 
Doyle the opportunity to meet with 
people from all five boroughs. He 
filmed 420 New Yorkers each jump- 
ing alone in front of a black back- 
drop and then questioned them about 
their dreams and aspirations. 

The result was a phenomenal pro- 
jection of New Yorkers of every age, 
color, and size leaping skyward. He 
described this as "an anti-celebrity 
piece of work." By magnifying 
everyday people doing an ordinary 
movement, he found his favorite part 
of the work was not the complete 
abandon they had as they leapt, but 

Processed meat and 
uniform rectangles 
never looked so 
glamorous. To him 
they certainly became 
an entity of their own 

the "Buster Keaton aspect" he didn't 
expect; those precious few moments 
as people readied themselves for the 
leap. Their individual reactions 
became a type of art all on their own. 
Another way to let everyday peo- 
ple have their fifteen minutes of fame 
was to turn the University of 
Michigan Museum "inside out". 
Doyle saw the museum's collection 
of 18th and 19th century portraits of 
wealthy individuals to be an unjust 
representation of the people who 
lived at this time. Because he didn't 
want to see the same mistake happen 
twice, he mixed these portraits with 
video clips of members of the UM 
campus and projected them onto the 
side of the museum. The project, 
entitled What I See When I Look at 
You, was an extension of his belief in 
getting art out of the museum. 

Aside from 

monumental out- 
door works, Doyle 
has experimented 
with stop motion; 
he called these 
projects his "back- 
yard" projects 
because of his inti- 
mate relationship 
with them. He 
described stop 
motion as being thousands of sculp- 
tures combined to make a whole, 
much like Commutable. By explor- 
ing stop motion he brought things to 
life that to the rest of us seem dead. 
Something like, say, the brick and the 
hot dog. He found beauty in the rep- 
etition and possibilities that hide in 
these apparently lifeless subjects and 
displayed hot dogs on 30 foot projec- 
tors and bricks on three split screens. 
Processed meat and uniform rec- 
tangles never looked so glamorous. 
Doyle is always interested in the 
social pressure to be unique, and that 
is one theme his "backyard" projects 
challenge. To him they certainly 
became an entity of their own. 
Regarding the hotdogs he stated, "It's 
hard for me to look at that and not 
feel fondly about my actors." 

For more information and to see 
some of the art discussed here check 
out his artwork at: 

Playing in the band 

Davin Michaels 

Staff Writer 

Last Thursday, Bowdoin had 
the privilege of hosting a talented 
rock band on senior pub night: 
Liquid Dead. As their name 
implies, the band is a group that 
tours New 

England covering 
songs by the 
Grateful Dead. 
Being a huge 

The band opened 
with the song "Here 
Comes Sunshine t n a 

deadhead myself, I classic concert opener. 

was eager to hear 

the band. Being a 

first-year, I was eager to find out 

what kind of hippie population 

existed at Bowdoin. 

The band opened with the song, 
"Here Comes Sunshine," a classic 
concert opener. The crowd tried to 
request songs, especially 

"TruckhV," the Dead's popular hit 
that includes the famous line, 
"What a long strange trip it's 
been..." but the band had already 
selected a set, and quite a great 
one at that. Their sets included 
renowned classics such as, "I 
Know You Rider," 
"China Cat 

Sunflower" and 
"Beat it on Down 
the Line." 

Liquid Dead 
was great at immi- 
tating what the 
Grateful actually sounded like in 
concert. Like the. Grateful Dead, 
this band took exceptional liber- 
ties with their solos. Like Jerry 
Garcia, the lead guitarist of»Liquid 
Dead, Toby Kniffin, played with 

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Arts and Entertainment 

The Bowdoin Orient 

Get wild and sow your oats 

Kerry Elson 

Staff Writer 

So eager was the Foodie lo place 
her order at Main Street's Wild Oats 
Bakery and Cafe that she cut and 
sliced her way to the front of the 
line, right in front of a fellow 
Bowdoin sophomore. Silly Foodie! 
She just couldn't resist the freshly 
baked hrcads and juicy smoked 
meats beckoning from behind the 
counter Liz. the kind sophomore, 
chastized the Foodie with a playful 
slap and a naughty round of "No 
Cuts. No Butts. No Coconuts!" 

In an act of reprehension, the oak- 
ery boy declared to the Foodie that 
he would only take her sandwich 
order if she voted at the ballot by the 
cash register. "Fine. Fine! I'll do 
anything! Just give me my fresh 
meats and cheeses!" the Foodie 
cried She was hungry for fine food, 
given the dearth of quality casual 
establishments within Brunswick 
city limits. 

After placing her order, the 
Foodie examined the oft-visited 
calc: photos of employees and local 
patrons lovingly adorn the walls; 
hand-written labels identify copious 
soup, bread and pastry varieties 
within glass cabinets; tiny tots sit- 
ting in high chairs slurp soup with 
steady hands. This place feels famil- 
iar and comfortable the Foodie 
imagines herself silting at one of the 
many large tables for hours reading 
a Helen Fielding novel, finishing off 
a cup of Wild Oals coffee. 

Having reconciled with Liz. the 
Foodie joined her at a corner table to 
feast on a half-sandwich, salad, and 
Honest Tea. As always, the sand- 
wich ingredients were fresh and the 
bread was soft. While the Foodie 

Karsten Moran, Bowdoin Orient 
The Wild Oats eatery in the Tontine Mall of downtown Brunswick. 

chose to layer smoked turkey, 
sprouts, lettuce, tomato, and honey 
mustard in between Honey Wheat 
slices, more exotic options are avail- 
able Wild Oats allows patrons to 
construct their ideal sandwiches 
from listings of meats, cheese, veg- 
gies, spreads, and breads. The bak- 
ery also offers popular hot sand- 
wiches, known as melts because 
they feature melted cheese layered 
on top of tandoori chicken salad, 
tuna salad or vegetables, for exam- 
ple. In the Wild Oats tradition of 
fine customer service, patrons may 
order half-sandwiches (as the 
Foodie did) if they are not hungry 
enough for an entire sandwich. 

Vegetarian options abound, not 
only in the sandwich offerings, but 
also among the salad choices. Wild 
Oats offers a couscous and com 
medley, a teriyaki waterchesnut stir- 
fry, creamy potato salad and vege- 
tarian pad thai. The Foodie particu- 
larly enjoyed her tomato and havar- 

ti salad, which was dressed in a light 
oil and vinegar blend and delicate 
spices. The tomatoes were firm and 
fresh while the cheese, a fine com- 
pliment to the acidic tomatoes, was 
chewy and pungent. 

After her main meal, the Foodie 
purchased a peanut butter drop 
cookie to satisfy her sugar craving. 
The sugar-crusted peanut butter 
patty melted in her mouth, while its 
soft chocolate kiss sat, Buddha-like, 
on the peanut butter pillow, lending 
surprise to the otherwise ordinary 

While waiting for the employee 
to tally the cost of her meal, the 
Foodie noticed the aforementioned 
ballot. The bakery boy had taken her 
sandwich order. "Well, Foodie" her 
conscience told her. "fulfill your end 
of the deal!" The Foodie patted her 
stomach mischeivously, ready to 
walk, but then she thought better: 
Wild Oats deserves honesty because 
their food is fabulous. 

The Banger Sisters ain't bangin' 



Staff Writer 

You all should've seen me at The 
Banger Sisters. I was having a great 
time Susan Sarandon and Goldic 
Hawn wowed me: I actually caught 
myself clapping when I laughed — a 
potentially embarrassing response. 
But thankfully, other viewers' laugh- 
ter drowned it out. All hail packed 

But the laughter didn't last. With 
five minutes to go. the movie decid- 
ed it was done telling a story and 
went for the single most annoying 
movie ending ever: the Easy Speech. 
Here, the phenomenon took the form 
of Erika Christensen delivering a 
corny valedictorian address that had 
nothing to do with graduating, but 
just so happened to tie up all the 
movie's conflicts with minimal effort 
and maximum com. 

This kind of ending* ladies and 
gentlemen of the jury, is insulting. It 
also has the side-effect of making the 
rest of the movie, no matter how 
good it was, look bad. See, when 
you get off at the end of a film, look 
around, and realize you're in the mid- 
dle of nowhere, you start to wonder if 
you were actually going anywhere in 
the first place. Apparently, you 
weren't; the movie just had you 
thinking you were. It cheated you. 
The nerve.... 

So first. I'm in denial. I tell my 
friends. "No. guys. This was still 
really good. Honest." Then 1 get 
angry. 1 was a great passenger and 
got nothing in return. That's not cool. 
Banger Sisters. It just ain't cool 

Two ex-groupies and best friends, 
Lavinia (Susan Sarandon) and 
Suzette (Goldie Hawn). reunite after 
30 years of separation. Suzette, 
who's still as wild as ever, gets fired 
from her job at a bar in L.A. and 
drives to Phoenix to see Vinny, who 
is now an uptight lawyer's wife with 
a house big enough to have a kid's 
wing and a banana hammock. On the 
way. she picks up a geeky control- 
freak screenwriter named Harry 
(Geoffrey Rush), who has the odd 
mission of going to Phoenix to kill 

AH in one day, their con- 
fused wife and 
mother frazzles her hair, 
buys snakeskin pants, 
smokes pot, and takes out 
her "Rock Cock" photo 

his lather. Suzette ends up waking 
Vinny's repressed wild side, to the 
disgust of Vinny's prim husband 
Raymond (Robin Thomas) and her 
two spoiled daughters. Hannah and 
Ginger (Erika Christensen and Eva 
Amurri). All in one day. their con- 
fused wife and mother frazzles her 
hair, buys snakeskin pants, smokes 
pot. and takes out her "Rock Cock" 
photo collection for the two friends 
to reminisce over. That's right. Rock 
cock. Use your imagination. They 
were known as the Banger Sisters, 
after all. 

The film is ultimately a serious 
one about losing yourself in the mix- 
ture of who you were and who you've 
become, but it had more than its fair 
share of funny moments. Some of 
them seemed like they were on their 

way to being embarrassingly corny, 
but were interrupted by sudden 
shocks of humor, making them 
absolutely hilarious in the end. In 
one scene, Suzette finds Hannah sick 
from taking LSD on her prom night. 
She brings her into her hotel room 
and holds her close. Soft music 
plays. Your eyes start to roll. But 
before they finish the full loop, 
Hannah suddenly throws up all over 
the bed. I think we all clapped on 
that one. 

Kudos to all the performers — it's 
not their fault they were working off 
an incomplete script. Goldie, 58, still 
looks 30 to me. and frankly, that's 
scary. But she's the most adorable 
scantily-clad ex-groupie I've ever 
seen. Susan handles her character's 
transformation with some unexpect- 
ed comic pizzazz; and it all happens 
in just one. particularly powerful 
scene where she ends up flinging 
pasta at her husband. Now that's 
rebellion. Oh, and let's not forget 
Geoffrey Rush, who is almost too 
convincing in his role as the nerdy 
writer. Harry doesn't end up making 
much sense, but he's still fun to 
watch. There's no forgiving Erika 
Christensen. though. This is the sec- 
ond time she's played the spoiled, 
rich, drugged-up valedictorian type 
(remember Traffic!); can you say 
typecast? This is annoying, though 
not quite as annoying as the Easy 
Speech, where cominess seems to 
have broken through at last-with a 

Though rushed and sometimes 
confused. Ill admit that The Banger 
Sisters was a good ride. It's got a 
witty script and a talented cast, but 
gets pulled down in the end by die 
screenwriter's apparent laziness. 

Subtitles and Scorsese 

Audrey Amidon 
Staff Writer 

This week, the Bowdoin Film 
Society is pleased to bring you films 
by the French director Jean-Pierre 
Jeunet I think we can all feel a little 
more cultured after seeing a movie 
with subtitles, so come on out and 
enjoy these great films. We'll also be 
throwing in a good old fashioned 
rock 'n' roll concert film just to even 
out the score. 

We'll start the cinematic fun on 
Friday evening at 7:00 with last 
year's hit Lefabuleux destin d' Amelie 
Poulain, aka Amelie (2001). I don't 
think anyone who saw this film had a 
bad word to say about it. It stars the 
adorable Audrey Tautou as Amelie, a 
woman who spends her life virtually 
alone and then embarks on some 
mini-adventures that take her to real- 
ly fun places. 

Most compelling is watching her 
trying to unfold the mystery of the 
photo booth man. The film got peo- 
ple talking about interesting visuals 
when it came out, and it certainly has 
a lot of that, since we get to see all of 
the things that Ameiie imagines. 

If you've only seen it once, I rec- 
ommend seeing it again so that you 
can concentrate on more than just 
trying to read the subtitles fast 
enough, and if you never quite got 

around to seeing it while it was in 
theaters, you're in for a real treat in 
our very own Smith Auditorium. 

Following Amelie there will be a 
special presentation of The Last 
Waltz C1978), which is actually 
directed by Martin Scorsese and 
doesn't have subtitles, just a lot of 
great music. This is a documentary 
film of The Band's final concert and 
features greats such as Bob Dylan, 
Neil Young, Van Morrison, Joni 
Mitchell, and even that cute 
.Liverpudlian Ringo Starr, just to 
name a few. Professor Welsch says 
that this is the best of its genre and 
needs to be played loud, so prepare 
yourself for a great time. 

Finally, on Saturday night at 7:00, 
we'll return to Jean-Pierre Jeunet 
with his 1995 film, La Cite' des 
Enfant s Perdus, or The City of Lost 
Children for us English-speaking 
folk. In this film, a mad scientist, 
unable to dream on his own, sets out 
to kidnap children so that he can 
have their dreams. It stars Ron 
Perlman, who many of you may rec- 
ognize from the short-lived televi- 
sion series Beauty and the Beast — he 
was the beast. Interesting visuals 
abound in this film as well, so we can 
get a sense of what Jeunet was up to 
before making Amelie. 


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an authentic sound. 

Other members of the band 
include Larry, on rhythm guitar; 
Eric on Bass; Brian on Keyboards; 
Trevor and Kniff on drums, and 
'Little Bri' on sound. Like the 
Grateful Dead, this band had two 
powerful drummers. 

The band is originally from 
Burlington, Vermont, but they 
spend most of their time trucking 
around New England for concerts. 
For a full list of their tour dates, 
set lists and general information 
about the band, check out their 

Drew Coffin: 
DJ of ttv Week 

O: Song, artist, or album that 
changed your life? 

DC: I must say the Soundtrack 
to Muppets Take Manhattan. One 
listen and you'll never look back ... 

O: Currently, who gives the best 
live performance? ■ 

DC: The Mooney 
Suzuki provides the best 
live show I've ever seen 
The culmination consists 
of every member of the 
band writhing on the floor 
of the stage with the lead 
singer running the ink up and 
down bis guitar strings: rock just 
doesn't get any better than that 

On What's in your slereo now? 

DC: DJ Spooky's latest album, 
Optometry, is an amazing fusion of 
avant guard jazz and techno. Worth 
giving a listen to. 

O: What song are you embar- 
rassed to admit you love? 

DC: Anything from the 
latin invasion really. Mostly 
"Hero" by Enrique Igiesias. 
Man, that stuff comes on and 
there is no way I can't shake 
my booty. 

Drew Coffin 

Drew's show is called "Ke 
Lela Le Lona" and is mostly indie 
rock. It airs on Monday nights at 

8.00 p.m. 

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The Bowdoin Orient 

September 27, 2002 


H20 Polo 
hopes to 
float '02 

Luke Wilson 

Staff Writer 

Coming off another successful 
season last year, the Bowdoin Water 
Polo team is preparing for another 
onslaught in its quest for this year's 
league championship. With the addi- 
tion of many first-years who comple- 
ment the staunch block of upper- 
class stalwarts, including co-captains 
Matt Loosigian '02 and David 
Harden '02, the Water Polo team is 
looking forward to meeting its rivals. 

The first test of the season comes 
this weekend, when the team will 
travel to Colby College for the fust 
of three tournaments scheduled this 

Cortesy of 

The Polo team proudly poses 
in their swimming duds. 

"We have a strong team this year," 
said Loosigian. "We got lots of new 
star players who will boost us to the 

This weekend, Bowdoin will go 
head to head against Bates, 
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 
Holy Cross, and Colby. 

After last year's 7-4 season, the 
team is looking forward to unseating 
Bates as the Divisional Champion. 
Three of last year's four losses were 
to Bates, including one in the 
Division Champion Finals. 

Under the direction of coach and 
former Turkish water polo champion 
Burcay Gurcan, the team looks 
towards winning the Championship 
Tournament, the first of which 
Bowdoin hosted and competed in 
during the 1999 season. Look for 
this team to blow its competition out 
of the water, literally. 

The Orient congratulates 
NESCAC Player of the 
Week: Bowdoin's Gillian 
McDonald '04, the goalie of 
the Field Hockey team. 
McDonald's shutout against 
f\ Williams this weekend raises 
her career total to 19. 

Men's Rugby shuts out the competition 

By defeating Plymouth 
State College 63-0, the 
ruggers show why they 
may be Bowdoin's most 
dominant sports team. 

Mike Balulescu 

Staff Writer 

Neither the unseasonable heat nor 
a string of unfortunate injuries could 
stop the Men's Rugby team from pre- 
vailing at home last Saturday. In the 
season's first match, the Bowdoin 
ruggers easily beat Plymouth State 
College 62-0, and picked up where 
they left off in last year's undefeated 
regular season. 

The Polar Bear ruggers proved 
that they could win in their 
September 14th scrimmage against 
Bates, but last Saturday they stepped 
up their game a notch and grabbed 
the first victory of the fall. 

Leading the backs with his usual 
poise and ruthless play, senior cap- 
tain Dennis Kiley cut through the 
opposition and left Plymouth State 
scratching their heads. Although 
Kiley spent this past semester in 
Ireland, he returned to Bowdoin as 
quick and as strong as ever, and with 
even more sheen to his flowing hair. 

"Bowdoin ■ good, season outlook 
■ optimistic" said the always loqua- 
cious Kiley after the match. "Hard 
work = needed, but team = strong." 

Kiley was not the only one who 
made contributions in the back 
line. Sophomore scrum half Tom 
Hazel showed maturity beyond his 
years on the pitch, and has proven his 
ability to fill the shoes left by Matt 
Stanton '02. 

Although he only has one year of 
experience under his belt, Hazel 
played hard and pulled the ball out of 
the rucks until he was red in the face. 

"Playing scrum half is difficult at 
first," noted Hazel, "but after a while 
it becomes very intuitive. It's like 
putting on sunscreen — you just get 
used to doing it." 

As usual, the forwards played well 
and did an admirable job rucking the 
ball and getting it to the back 
line. Led by senior captain Dave 
Kirkland, the forwards hit hard from 

game due to ankle problems. 

It was not only injuries that affect- 
ed the Bowdoin forwards. Reserve 
flanker Alex Meszaros 'OS was 
unable to play and was absent from 
the pitch. Meszaros, known for his 
speed and his tackling ability, could 
not be in Brunswick on Saturday, as 
some of his rugby equipment was in 
a jar on a shelf in the Penn dorms. 




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Thomas Hazel '05 charges past Plymouth ruggers with Warren 
Dubitzki '04 (middle) and Kassim Mbwana '02(far left) trailing. 

the first minute of the match and did 
not let up On Plymouth State until the 
last whistle blew. 

Sadly, the pack has been plagued 
by injuries of late, and Saturday's 
match was no exception. Starting 
prop Joe Wilson (class undeter- 
mined) was already sidelined due to 
injuries, and within the first ten min- 
utes of the game, Kirkland suffered a 
concussion and had to be taken off 
the field. Not soon after that, Larry 
Jackson 'OS was taken out of the 

Despite all of the setbacks, the for- 
wards carried the day, and Bowdoin 
rugby showed its depth as a team, 
with all of the starting and reserve 
forwards filling in wherever they 
were needed. The most notable per- 
formance in the pack was turned in 
by The Goat '03, filling in at prop 
for Wilson. 

The Goat, who had never played 
prop before in his three years as a 
Bowdoin rugger, handled both the 
rough play of the Plymouth State for- 

wards as well as the constant whin- 
ing and moaning of his tight-head 

"Losing Dave [Kirkland] was very 
hard on the team," said Coach Rick 
Scala, "but the fact that Bowdoin 
went on without him and still pulled 
out a victory is a testament to his 
leadership. We played without a lot 
of keys guys and we still looked like 
the best team in New England out 

Injured wing Alexis "Focus" 
Acevedo '04 could not participate in 
the match Saturday, but was never- 
theless very metaphorical about 
Saturday's victory. "Rugby is kind of 
like two crabs fighting in a glass 
tank," he, said, "in the end, one 
crab — or in this case, one team — is 
going to win." 

After the victory over Plymouth 
State, Bowdoin scrimmaged with 
Maine Maritime Academy, and all of 
Bowdoin's rookies got a chance to 
gain valuable playing experience. As 
an added bonus, the Bowdoin rookies 
were helped by some alumni partici- 
pation, as Billy Soares '02, Kris 
Bosse '02, and Rob Mandle '02 were 
all in attendance and played in the 

"It was really fun to come back 
and see so many new faces," mused 
Bosse. "I learned a lot from my expe- 
riences on the Bowdoin rugby team. 
I took a lot of things in my four years 
here, and hopefully the rookies will 
take some of the same things I did 
before they leave the Bowdoin cam- 

The Bowdoin ruggers are as excit- 
ed as ever about tomorrow's match at 
the University of Maine at 
Farmington. With one victory 
already under their belts, they hope 
to continue their winning ways and 
live up to the high standard set by last 
year's squad. GO BLACK! 

Vball up 
and down 

Jenn Laraia 
Staff Writer 

The Bowdoin volleyball team 
embarked upon their second week- 
end of competition, and came away 
with one win and two losses in 
match-ups against strong NESCAC 

In a tournament hosted by 
Hamilton College, the Polar Bears 
dropped their first two games — to 
Williams (3-0) and then to 
Middlebury (3-2). After these initial 
disappointments, the Bowdoin team 
put on their rally-caps and delivered 
a 3-0 pounding to defeat their 
Hamilton opponents. 

After this weekend, Bowdoin 
head-coach Kellie Bearman knows 
her team's leaders. She credits Jess 
Schlobohm '06 with filling the role 
of "probably the best hitter Bowdoin 
has ever had." 

Please see VBALL, page 13 


12 September 27, 2002 


The Bowdoin Orient 

Men's Tennis prepares for 
national title campaign 

Phil Friedrich 


There is a rare moment in sports 
when a loss, generally thought of as 
the ultimate sign of failure, can 
hecome a positive force. Such is the 
case for this year's version of the 
Bowdoin Men's Tennis team. 

Stemming from a hearthreakmg 
loss to Emory University in last 
year's NCAA Quarterfinal round, the 
team has transformed their disap- 
pointment into a motivating factor. 
Simply put. this is a team on a mis- 

"Seeing Williams go on to win 
nationals was heart hrcaking. In fact 
many of us spent the whole summer 
thinking ahout it We all have a sin- 
gular focus of getting hack to the hig 
stage and avenging our loss to 
Emory." said co-captain August 
Felker 03. 

While the ultimate goals of win- 
ning this year's NCAA national 
championship and equaling last 
year's 17-3 record cannot he realized 
until the spring season, the team is 
using fall tournaments to prepare for 
what should be a difficult road to the 
national crown. 

"The fall season is a time for 
working on our games and preparing 
for the spring season." said Felkcr. 

"Middlebury and Williams (our 
biggest tennis rivals) have retooled 
their respective teams and are aiming 
for us. Williams, and especially 
Middlebury. have already started the 
war of words, claiming their new 
crop of recruits will bring them to the 
elite eight." said Felker. 

While other NESCAC foes will 
rely on relatively young teams. 
Bowdoin's strength will lie in their 
experience The team returns all of 
its members from last year's squad, 
including Nick Maclean '03. who 
returns from a year abroad. 

Maclean was the lone Bowdoin 
competitor to win his flight at a 
recent Middlebury tournament on 
September 14. Maclean captured the 
"C" flight singles title defeating Jeff 
Oldenburg of Middlebury. 6-2. 6-4. 
Mac Burke 05 reached the champi- 
onship final of the "A" flight, only to 
fall to Middlebury's Nathan 
Edmunds. 6-3. 6-4. 

In doubles action. Maclean and 
teammate Pat Soong '04 finished as 

Evan Kohn, Bowdoin Orient 

Colin Joyner '03 prepares for a baseline smash in early fall action. 
Joyner is a critical component of an experience-laden Men's Tennis 
team that dreams of a national title championship in the spring. 

finalists in the "B" doubles flight. 

While individual successes at 
Middlebury were evident, the appar- 
ent rust of the off-season still had an 

"Middlebury was a fairly disap- 
pointing weekend as a team." said 
co-captain Colin Joyner '03. "We 
came into the tournament ranked 
very high and did not pull our 

An opportunity for redemption 
will occur this weekend as the team 
travels to MIT to take part in one of 
13. nationwide OMNI tourna- 
ments. The finalists of each tourna- 
ment will travel to Texas in October 

for the national OMNI, tourna- 

Representing Bowdoin at the tour- 
nament in singles and doubles play 
will be Mac Burke, Pat Keneally, 
Colin Joyner. and August Felker. 

"This is a very important weekend 
for us," said Joyner. "We will see all 
of our toughest competition in the 
east and, if things go well, one or a 
few of us could be finding ourselves 
on a plane to Texas in a few weeks." 

Felker added, "It is a big tourna- 
ment with all the best players in the 
Eastern region. It should be a good 
indicator of where we stand." 

Polar Bears' fans of the week 

Becky Tanenbaum 

Staff Writer 

Anyone who has been a member 
of a sports team knows the impor- 
tance of rabid fans cheering on the 
sidelines. At Bowdoin we have an 
amazing group of dedicated support- 

Whether they are in the stands at 
Whitt icr Field or on the sidelines at a 
rugby match. Bowdoin fans add an 
element of excitement and entertain- 
ment to every game. Because of 
their vital importance, the Orient rec- 
ognizes their contributions by telling 
the stories of their lives as Bowdoin 

The first ever Bowdoin Athletics 
Fan(s)-of-the-Week Award goes to 
Rick Binelli '03 and Pete Cohenno 
'03 for their undying dedication to 
men's soccer. 

If you have ever been to a men's 
soccer game, you have surely seen 
Binelli and Cohenno situated on a 
couch outside Harps well apartments. 
Outfitted in jerseys and face paint 

and powered by a strong liquid 
breakfast, these fans arc always 
ready for an exciting 90 minutes of 

Their dedication to the team is so 
strong that it led them to live with 
three of Bowdoin's finest soccer 
heroes: Jordan McQuillan '04 and 
captains Kevin Folan '03 and Chris 
Fuller 03. 

The Orient sat down recently with 
Binelli and Cohenno who reflected 
on their roles as soccer's biggest 

"Andrew Russo ('06) is my 
favorite player because he's so 
smooth on the field," Binelli said He 
added, "and I've heard he's also very 
smooth off the field." 

These super fans also mentioned 
Chris Fuller '03 as one of their 
favorites because, as Binelli put it, 
"he plays in such a mechanical way." 
While on the subject of Chris Fuller. 
Cohenno recalled a game last year 
when a celebration erupted after a 
goal and Fuller jumped into a bush. 

Bowdoin's Fans-of-the-Week, 
along with all Bowdoin soccer fans, 
have much to look forward to during 
the 2002 soccer season, including 
Kevin Folan's imminent first colle- 
giate goal on Bowdoin turf (to follow 
up his momentous goal at Wesleyan 
earlier this season). 

When this goal is scored Binelli 
promises to take off his pants. 
"That's a promise," he emphasized. 
"And you can print that." 

Both Binelli and Cohenno are also 
looking forward to this upcoming 
weekend, jam-packed with what 
promises to be two very exciting 
games. If you want to meet these two 
Bowdoin celebrities, venture out to 
the men's soccer games this Saturday 
versus Amherst and this Sunday ver- 
sus Middlebury. 

Give them a high-five, ask for an 
autograph, or just cheer for the soc- 
cer team along with Rick Binelli and 
Pete Cohenno, our inaugural 
Bowdoin Fan(s)-of-the-Week. 

Boston fans: Look 
in the mirror! 

Erik Sprague 


The 2002 the Boston Red Sox left 
a lot to be desired this season. As a 
result, many Boston fans and media 
outlets seized the chance to criticize 
one of the highest payrolls in base- 
ball for what they deemed a season 
marred by underachievement. 

It is indeed difficult to recall a 
more unfulfilling and disappointing 
season. Not only did the Sox have 
two 20-game winners in Derek Lowe 
and Pedro Martinez, both of whom 
are still in the hunt for the American 
League Cy Young Award, but they 
also undoubtedly had one of the best 
batting lineups in baseball. 

All of this talent, however, could 
not even add up to a playoff birth, 
which is a difficult pill for Red Sox 
fans to swallow. 

The extent to which Sox fans and 
the Boston media have turned sour 
on the Sox this year is not shocking, 
and it probably should have been 
expected. But it has gotten so bad in 
recent weeks due to the Sox's slow 
but sure elimination from the play- 
offs, it caused fan-favorite Nomar 
Garciaparra to lash out. 

In an interview last week, 
Garciaparra eluded to the fact that 
perhaps the disparity between the 
great success of the Sox on the road 
and their unequivocally mediocre 
play at home can, in part, be attrib- 
uted to the negative "vibes" given off 
by the volatile Boston fans and 

Despite reinforcing his desire to 
play out his career with the team he 
broke into the majors with back in 
1996, Garciaparra 's strikingly out 
of-character comments have made 
him a convenient target for the 
Boston fans and media, both of 
whom are looking for anything to 
help them vent after a season filled 
with frustration. 

At first glance, Garciappara's 
comments can be described as 
unnecessary and even irrational. 
However, although there is not solely 
one reason for the demise of the Sox 
this season, I would agree with 
Nomar that the fans themselves are 
part of the problem. 

First off, Boston fans are among 
the best in the country, as proved by 
their undying support. Although the 
Sox have not won a World Series 
since 1918, Fenway Park is perpetu- 
ally sold out. 

That said, sometimes it appears 
that the amount of negative attention 
and focus that the Sox acquire can 
place an undue burden on the play- 
ers. Even the most professional 
ballplayer must be somewhat affect- 
ed by the highly critical, negative 
atmosphere that is prevalent at 
Fenway Park, as well in Boston 

This atmosphere has driven die 
tikes of Roger Clemens and Rick 
Patino out of town. For many in the 
Boston area, these sports figures are 
still not held in high regard 

But, losing a player like Roger 
Clemens, whose disdain for the Red 
Sox was so great that he was willing 
to move to rival Toronto is unfortu- 

Now, some would say that 
Clemens left the Sox primarily 
because the Blue Jays were offering 
him more money or because he con- 
tinued to butt heads with Sox upper 
management. In other words, it was 
not the negative, critical atmosphere 
created by the Boston media and 

fans, that caused Roger to leave 

In the case of the Celtics and Rick 
Patino, however, money could not 
have been a factor in his decision- 
making process. In fact, the contract 
he signed was at that time the high- 
est-priced one in NBA history. 

Moreover, he was still under con- 
tract when he finally did decide to 
leave Boston. Essentially, Patino 
gave up millions just so he didn't 
have to coach or live in Boston one 
minute longer. 

Many are aware of the short tirade 
by Patino that precipitated his depar- 
ture. It was highlighted by one state- 
ment in particular, when he said the 
attitude around here (Boston) 

Of course, most fans felt that 
Patino should have used that adjec- 
tive to describe the poor play of the 
Celtics or even himself, as he was not 
only the coach but also the General 
Manager — which meant he had been 
responsible for all personnel deci- 

That said, Patino, like 
Garciapparra last week, was com- 
menting on what is an unfortunate 
but very real part of the Boston 
sports scene. 

Boston fans expect a degree of 
excellence when it comes to their 
sports teams, part of which is proba- 
bly due to the huge success of teams 
like the Celtics, who have amassed 
17 World Championships — only the 
Yankees have won as many champi- 
onships in one professional sport. 

With today's escalating ticket 
prices resulting from highly overpaid 
players, it is the fans' right to voice 
their opinions, even if it is in the 
form of boos directed at their own 

And freedom of speech will 
always enable the media to print and 
report on whatever they choose, no 
matter how cynical and critical they 

However, at the same time, it is 
important to note that some players 
don't respond positively to the nega- 
tive atmosphere surrounding Boston 

Many Boston fans, if not most, 
were glad to see Clemens and Patino 
leave Boston. Boston fans are quick 
to place the blame on both individu- 
als for their early departures. 

It seems as though Boston fans 
and the media feel they have a carte 
blanche to be critical and negative, 
and that no ill effects could possibly 
come from it. Perhaps, they are right. 

But there is no ignoring the poor 
home record of the Sox this year, as 
well as the stinging comments from 

It's bad enough that the Sox, with 
one of die highest payrolls in base- 
ball and two 20-game winners, did 
not even make the playoffs. But now 
Nomar, the heart of the Sox, has 
voiced his concerns about the people 
of Boston. 

The Boston fans and media need 
to take a long, hard look in the mir- 
ror. One of the nicest people and 
hardest workers in all of sports has 
questioned Boston and has expressed 
his own discomfort stemming from 
the negative atmosphere surrounding 
the various sports teams. 

If you didn't already question the 
situation when Clemens and Patino 
left; maybe now is a good time to 


The Bowdoin Orient 


September 27, 2002 


Women's tennis to 
host epic tourney 

Sanida Kikic 
Staff Writer 

This weekend, the Bowdoin 
Women's Tennis team will host The 
Omni Hotels/ITA Regional 
Championships for Division III 
schools. Eighteen different teams 
from the New England area will 
bring their top players to compete in 
both singles and doubles. 

The matches will start at 9 a.m. 
Friday and continue until Sunday 
afternoon. This means that there will 
be plenty of intense action on the 
Bowdoin tennis courts throughout 
the weekend and that all enthused 
fans are invited to attend. 

While The Omni Hotels/ITA tour- 
nament is no U.S. Open, it is never- 
theless of great importance to the 
Bowdoin Women's Tennis program. 
This marks the first time that a tour- 
nament of national prominence has 
been held amidst Bowdoin's pines. 

Coach Jane Paterson, the tourna- 
ment director, jumped at the chance 
to host the tournament. "This is the 
first time we have been considered to 
host a tournament of such signifi- 
cance, and I hope that it will put 
Bowdoin College and Maine on the 
Division III tennis map as a quality 
site for future national competi- 
tions," she said 

knee surgery. 

Despite such heartbreaking 
injuries, the spirits on the team run 
high. Under great senior leadership 
from captains Arlyn Davich and 
Jenna Goldman, the relatively young 
team has showed resilience and 
determination in their first three 

Still, Coach Paterson concedes 
that there is a lot more work to be 
done before this stellar group of 
players reaches its potential. "The 
win-loss record is immaterial at this 
point considering that we haven't 
been tested as of yet". The true test 
will occur during Parent's Weekend 
when the Polar Bears face Tufts and 

Nearly all of the players are 
already thinking about the upcoming 
matches with great anticipation since 
the team has not beaten either one of 
these schools in the past three years. 
The vast experience of juniors 
(Alexis Bawden, Betsy Hayes, 
Paulette Hricko, and Sanida Kikic) as 
well as sophomores (Lauren Gray, 
Caitlin Lombardi and Julia Shaver) 
will be a great asset in the upcoming 
matches. Furthermore, the two first- 
year additions to the team, Kristina 
Sisk and Kara Perriello, have already 
proven that they have the talent and 

Evan Kohn, Bowdoin Orient 

Lauren Gray '05 watches as her forehand sails towards her oppo- 
nent. This weekend! Bowdoin plays host to the Omni Hotels/ITA 
Regional Championship, a premier fall tournament. 

It is important to note that 
Bowdoin's opportunity to host the 
Omni Hotels/ITA Regional 
Championships is directly related to 
the continuous success of the 
Women's Tennis Team. In the spring 
of 2002, they competed in the NCAA 
Division III Championships but 
ended up losing in the first round to 
Trinity College. 

The team also sent two sophomore 
players, Alexis Bawden and Paulette 
Hricko, to compete in the NCAA 
Division III Individual 

Championships held in Stone Briar, 
VA in May 2002. 

Currendy, the team is off to a 3-0 
start having defeated USM, 
Brandets, and Bates. Unfortunately, 
the team has been plagued by numer- 
ous injuries this season and has even 
tost Tara Sheehan *05. the #3 player 
from last season, who just un derwe nt 

the heart it takes to compete for the 
Polar Bears. 

In fact, the biggest problem facing 
Coach Paterson and Assistant Coach 
Martin Wilson is determining the 
line-up. "We still have a lot of ques- 
tion-marks even though we are 
already three weeks into the season," 
said Coach Paterson. 

She is thrilled that there are so 
many strong players because the 
team will be able to "rely on its depth 
to get through the tough matches". 

As for this weekend, only 
Bawden, Hricko, and Sisk will be 
competing in the Omni Hotels/ITA 
Regional Championships. The 
action on the Bowdoin tennis courts 
will be hot this weekend and without 
a doubt even hotter when Tufts and 
Amherst make an appearance during 
rstn s wrcKcno. 

Sweet winds boost the sailors 

Melanie Keene 

Staff Writer 


The Bowdoin Sailing team racked 
up yet another fast weekend of sail- 
ing throughout New England. 
Bowdoin hosted its first home regat- 
ta of the season, The Casco Bay 
Open, in which Pieter Scheerlink 'OS 
skippered A-division with crew 
Becca Bartlett 'OS and Eddie 
Briganti 'OS skippered B division 
with crew Amy Titcomb '04. 

It was a great start to the season for 
the Briganti/Titcomb team as they 
averaged a third place finish in the 
last six races to bring Bowdoin up 
two spots to finish seventh overall 
for the event. 

Coach Tom Sitzmann said, "Their 
determination and smart sailing 
against very good competition gave 
the Polar Bears a shot in the arm 
when we needed it and, with 
Scheerlinck/Bartlett, they combined 
to move up two places on Sunday... 
and this should provide momentum 
for us and inspiration for our younger 

The younger players did receive 
the inspiration and sailed well at the 
Eastern Series III at USM on Sunday. 
Frank Pizzo '06 skippered with crew 
Sabrina Hall-Little '06 and Justin 
Berger '05 skippered with crew Lisa 
Bonjour '06. 

The regatta was a great learning 
experience; as Berger remarked, 
great improvements were made upon 
learning how to use the ago-old sail- 
ing tactic of heavy-air sailing: "ease, 
hike, trim!" 

The women had a great regatta at 
Dartmouth's Mrs. Hurst Bowl. 
Because the wind was so light and 
shifty, they sailed only 12 races over- 
all but made each race count. 

Laura Windecker '03 with crew 
Caitlin Moore '06 sailed A-division 
and Allison Binkowski '03 with crew 
Jackie Haskell 'OS sailed B-divi- 
sion They had yet another top ten fin- 
ish, placing seventh overall out of 17 
at a highly competitive varsity inter- 

In addition, skipper Tyler Dunphy 
'03 with crew Melanie Keene '03 
and Ryan Cauley '03 with crew 

Kartsen Moran, Bowdoin Orient 

An idyllic setting: Skipper and crew work together to uphold the 
"sail fast" motto of the sailing team. Strong, early season perform- 
ances place sailors in the position to set Polar Bear records in 2002. 

Elliot Wright '04 represented the 
coed team at Hatch Brown Trophy at 
MIT this weekend. They sailed even 
faster than they previously thought 
humanly posssibly, and had their best 
finish yet this fall. 

Skipper Cauley put in his strongest 
showing to date, and the team is 
counting on him to continue his fast 
streak at the coed's Hood Trophy at 
Tufts this coming weekend. 

Led by their stellar coach Tom 
Sitzmann and new assistant coach Ed 
Mayo, the team continues to sail 
faster each weekend. Due to their 

Vball tops Hamilton 

VBALL from page II 

So far, Schlobohm has lived up to 
her coach's praise by delivering 20 
kills and IS digs in the Middlebury 
game, and added 11 kills against 

Bearman also credits Jess Reuben 
'03, whose 

effectiveness on 
the court is 
strongly con- 
nected with the 
team's success. 
Reuben's 11 
kills against 
Middlebury, and 
her 14 kills and 
seven solo 

blocks against 
Hamilton illus- 
trate this senior 
captain's crucial 
role on the floor. 

Also stepping 
it up for the 
Polar Bears is 
Santa Fu '06, 
who contributed 
17 dags in the 
match-up, while 
A d r i e n n e 
Heflich 05 used 
this match to 

demonstrate her defensive power, 
racking up seven solo blocks. 

Bree Dallinga '06, the team's new 
setter and leader came away with 41 
assists against Middlebury, and 24 
assists and 12 digs against Hamilton. 
Fellow first-year, Summer Gray, 
showed her strength with five aces 

With players 
posting such 
i mpressi ve 
numbers, the 
Lady Polar 
Bears are fired 
up for their 
match-ups this 
Bowdoin is 
hosting the 
Polar Bear 
Invitational on 
Friday and 
Saturday, so 
break out the 
banners and 
bring on the 

Kathenae Niebon, Bowdoin Orient 

First-year Bree Dallinga totaled 41 
assists in a losing effort to 
Mldolebury College. 

success, the team as a whole has an 
opportunity to set record finishes this 

Skipper Binkowski, who is aiming 
to qualify once again for the 
Women's "Atlantic Coast 

Championship, said, "With all the 
depth we have this year coming from 
a strong freshman class and great 
senior leadership we are looking to 
compete with the best teams out 
there. We had a blast this weekend 
and as soon as we get all the pieces 
together we are going to be a force to 
be reckoned with." 


STROKE BACK, from page I J 

Britney Carr, senior forward Leah 
McClure, and sophomore forward 
Marissa O'Neil each scored penalty 

"Saturday's game showed us how 
important each member of the team 
is," said Laverty. "I was impressed 
by the hustle, desire, and intensity of 
the whole team... our win would not 
have been possible without the group 
effort that was displayed on 

Templeton agreed, "We definitely 
gained some real team confidence 
out there Saturday, so along with that 
and working really hard this week in 
practice, we should be in a good 
position for our two huge back tq 
back [home] games this weekend 
against Amherst and Middlebury ." 

The Polar Bears hold an impres- 
sive 4-1 record thus far, having beat- 
en Wellesley, MIT, Wheaton, and 
now Williams, which Laverty 
believes "will be a critical step in our 

Templeton added, "We can only 
hope to keep this momentum to pro- 
pel us through the rest of the season." 


September 27, 2002 


The Bowdoin Orient 

Men's soccer downs Williams 

Sean Walker 

Staff Writer 

I have no problem with Williams 
College. My "beer' is with their 
mascot. Has there ever been a worse 
name in the history of athletics than 
the Ephs" > I decided that before I 
could rip into the nation's sixth- 
ranked team for being dominated on 
their turf by Bowdoin's 
Men's Soccer team. I 
should at least explain 
what an "Eph" is. 

An Eph. claims the 
Willaims web site, is 
"pronounced 'Eels', and 
is short for Ephraim 
Williams, whose will and 
determination led to the 
founding of the college." 
Interesting. I wonder if 
they would be the 
Timmys or the Jeffs if 
that had been their 
founder's name? 

Hell, throw a Lord in 
front of the Jeff and they 
could be Amherst, run- 
ncrs-up in my worst ever 
N ESC AC mascot con- 
test For the record. Practice 
Trinity comes in a distant Williams 
third for trying to pass 
their male rooster off as a 
"Bantam" instead of the correct term 

of cock. 

The worst part is that Williams 
didn't just settle for calling them- 
selves the Ephs and using an old man 
for a mascot. No. they had to clever- 
ly take the name of a popular student 
publication in 1907 called The 
Purple Cow Brilliantly, the name 
Eph became attached to the purple 
cow. and now the Purple Cow Eph 
strikes fear into the heart of 
Williams' opponents for all eternity. 

Until last Saturday, that is. when 
the Bowdoin Men's Soccer Team 
decided to enter the pasture and leave 
with a stunning 3-2 overtime win. 
Apparently. Williams defender Dylan 
Smith decided he wanted to be a 
Polar Bear for a day and headed the 
ball into his own net. giving 
Bowdoin the upset win. 

For Head Coach Brian Ainscough. 
the win a step towards the future. "It 

feels like every year Williams is the 
team you need to beat to be success- 
ful," said Ainscough. The coach's 
assessment of Williams is dead on — 
for years, the Ephs have been at or 
near the top of the NESCAC stand- 
ings come playoff time. 

After the latest NCAA coach's 
poll, however, Williams, now ranked 
17th nationally, has been surpassed 

Evan Kohn, Btiwdoin Orient 

makes overtime victory against sixth-ranked 
College Ephs? Evidently so. 

by two NESCAC teams. Tufts, 
ranked seventh and your very own 
Polar Bears, coming in at 14th. 

Sophomore scoring sensation 
Bobby Dcsilets, who scored the sec- 
ond goal of the game to give 
Bowdoin a 2-0 advantage, called the 
win the most exciting of his career. 
"It was unbelievable." Dcsilets said 
of his goal. "I've never scored in a 
game this big." 

Dcsilets' score, which followed a 
tally by Drew Russo 06. put the 
Polar Bears in a commanding posi- 
tion going into halftime. Of course, 
the Ephs are not a herd to count out, 
as they proved in the second half 
with goals by Alex Blake and Khan 
Stephenson to tie the score. 

One would imagine that the young 
Polar Bears would have trouble 
recovering from squandering a two- 
goal advantage and having to enter 
into an overtime period with the 

older, more experienced Ephs. 

This was not the case, however. 
Dcsilets said, "Even though they 
scored the goals to tie it up, we still 
had confidence in ourselves and felt 
we still had a lot of momentum." 

The team's overall confidence 
grew leaps and bounds a mere six 
minutes later when Smith's mishap 
gave Bowdoin the win. The mistake 
may be a sign of things to 
come for the Ephs. "We 
feel that Williams has seen 
their better days pass for 
now. but we feel our best 
days are yet to come," said 

While the rest of the 
NESCAC season will sup- 
port or disprove 
Ainscough's prophecy, 
Bowdoin cannot afford to 
rest on its laurels. "I would 
say that the upcoming 
weekend will be the 
biggest of our season," said 
Dcsilets. "We'll have to 
forget about Williams and 
focus on two tough games 
against Amherst and 

Of course, after slaugh- 
tering Williams' cows in a 
manner that would make 
Ronald McDonald proud, 
the Polar Bears are ready for any- 
thing. Amherst and Middlebury 
beware. After all, Polar Bears are the 
only species of animals that instinc- 
tually view humans as prey. 

Speaking of prey, the grass that the 
feared Ephs of Williams subsist on is 
also where many of Williams's play- 
ers undoubtedly sat shocked as the 
Polar Bears of Bowdoin jumped onto 
their bus to enjoy their victory on the 
five-hour- long trip home. 

Surely not many outside of the 
Bowdoin soccer community expect- 
ed such an upset to occur last week- 
end. And I'm sure virtually no one 
would have bet on both the Men and 
Women's Soccer teams to beat 
Williams. After all, two upsets of 
this proportion happening concur- 
rently is extremely rare, if not 
unheard of. 
Then again, so is a purple cow. 

Women's JV soccer: loving it 

Rebekah Metzler 

Staff Writer 

JV Soccer - nope it's definitely not 
played for the glory. In a world dom- 
inated by male sports where you 
can't find any channel broadcasting a 
women's event if you tried all day, 
the men's JV team has ceased to exist 
and the women's team is sporting 
almost 40 members. 

Jenn Harvey, proud three-year 
member, exclaimed "When 1 arrived 
as a freshman. JV was just starting to 
get going. Now it has doubled in size 
and is a sport that is popular through- 
out all grades." 

It truly is a season that is played 
from game to game — all five of 
them. JV soccer fills a specific niche 
in the Bowdoin College landscape. 
Maybe you go to practice three times 
a week or maybe you can't make it to 
die game until twenty minutes into it. 
But the deal is, when you're there, 
you're there. 

It's your time to play - you don't 
bicker about playing time and you're 
not depressed because you were off 
thai day. Harvey claimed. "JV soccer 
is one of the best things that ever 
happened to me. It's soccer the way 
it should be, just for fun, with no 
pressure or huge time commitment'' 

It's not that the team lacks compet- 
itive spirit, but that it's played at its 
purest on the field where friendship 
prevails above all. You go to JV for 
a smile, a rush, or to pick you up, but 
it's never a chore. 

An anonymous source raved, 
"When I first came to Bowdoin, I 
was not *ure of what to expect Then 
1 began JV soccer and all of a sudden, 
I had a new family. We ate together, 
played together, laughed together, 
and partied together. Over everyday 
activities we bonded into an unstop- 
pable force." 

Clearly the most powerful aspect 
of JV soccer is not that it's conven- 
ient for school or that it's better than 
the workout room - the most power- 
ful aspect is the family that comes 
with it One member claims when 
asked to, she Wanted to offer a help- 
ing hand to another moose - dial's 
what JV soccer means." 

That attitude helped spark, in a 
matter of two or three years, a light- 
ening quick transition in the program 
transforming from an unknown ath- 
letic team into a complete social enti- 

Commitment to JV soccer brings a 

lifetime membership Seuors, jun- 
iors, and first-years are linked togeth- 

USA Basketball, 
Soccer converge 

er in a network of society whose 
heart lies in the class of 2005. These 
girls possess an energy and love for 
the sport and each other that is conta- 

The same anonymous source stat- 
ed, "My favorite thing about JV soc- 
cer is, without a doubt the people. 
We have such an eclectic group of 
girls, who when we come together, 
make an environment in which 
everyone has an incredible time." 

For the record, the gatherings of 
these ladies do not end with the sea- 
son. There are continued celehra- 
tions for evtjything and everyone. 
And tmst ihe, these girls party with" 

Another anonymous source binfc 
ed, "As long as there is T-shirt -mak- 
ing involved, you know it'll be a 
good party." In fact, you may be 
turned from die door or invited tq be 
re-dressed if youlk»'t fit the estab- 
lished code- 

However, wheat ob me prowl, ihe 
team mentality takes over. They own 
a ctmput-wide as if it were meir 
plavgroujad (and perhaps mat's just 
what Uis>JV pride? Don't mistake 
them for varsity. . 

•menu cornea to JV soccer I can 

only say this— we are never at a lois 

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Remember when the United States 
Men's Basketball Team could beat 
Spain left-handed? Or how about 
when the U.S. Men's Soccer Team 
couldn't run with a JV. team from a 
Brazilian high school? 

Those were the good old days 
when no one really cared about a 
sport in which you couldn't use your 
hands unless you had special gloves. 
Instead, we turned all of our attention 
to basketball, a game that demands 
its players to use their hands in har- 
monious motions of absolute dexter- 

But then the unthinkable hap- 
pened — U.S. Soccer earned interna- 
tional respect after outplaying a 
stacked German team led by the 
world's stingiest goalie, Oliver Kahn, 
in the quarterfinals of the World Cup 
2002. Although the men in blue lost 
by a score of one to nil and failed to 
advance to the semifinals, they 
asserted themselves as legitimate 
contenders in the international arena. 

Landon Donovan, Clint Mathis, 
and Eddie Lewis may not be house- 
hold names in the U.S., but you bet- 
ter bet that the average Brazilian, 
Spaniard, or Brit knows about them 
after their inspirational performances 
in the World Cup. 

In the most important sporting 
competition on the planet, the United 
States finally shrugged the title of 
perennial losers. Suddenly, it was 
cool to like soccer, and we woke up 
at ungodly hours to watch the games 

Sure, we didn't have the slightest 
clue what was going on, but we knew 
that it was important. Sports history 
was unfolding and we were going to 
be there for every second of it — 
including that strangely arbitrary sys- 
tem of bonus time in which the refer- 
ee lets the athletes play a little longer 
until finally blowing the whistle sev- 
eral minutes after the official time 
has elapsed. 

And yes, we didn't understand 
why a soccer player would be carted 
off on a stretcher after tripping over a 
dandelion, but we cheered when he 
ran back onto the field five minutes 

And of course none of us knew 
why Ronaldo forgot to shave the 
front part of his scalp, but that didn't 
matter — we were Cup-crazy and 
rooting for the biggest upset in the 

history of world sports. 

In short, tilings were looking up 
for American athletics. In addition to 
soccer's strong showing, the U.S. 
would surely claim another basket- 
ball title in the upcoming World 

But then the even more unthink- 
able happened — the U.S. Men's 
Basketball Team, considered to be 
the most dominating collection of 
bailers in the world, placed sixth. 
Kobe Bryant, Shaq, Kevin Gamett, 
and Jason Kidd did not compete, but 
their absence cannot explain the 
unprecedented flop. 

Five other countries fielded better 
teams than the United States in 2002, 
including Argentina, Spain, and 
champion Yugoslavia. 

After an 81-75 victory over the 
United States, Spanish coach Javier 
Imbroda said, "This is a good experi- 
ence (for the Americans) to establish 
what happens when you lose, and to 
analyze it, because the world is 

A couple of months ago that com- 
ment would have seemed smug, arro- 
gant, and laughable. Today, 
Americans must accept the reality of 
an embarrassing finish that included 
three losses in the final four games of 
international competition. 

Just months after the U.S. Soccer 
played with a passion that their oppo- 
nents failed to match, the U.S. 
Basketball Team tentatively took part 
in the international competition. 
Said NBA rookie-of-the-year Pau 
Gasol of Spain: "I think they play 
harder in the NBA than they did here. 
These were not the players I know." 

George Karl, head coach of the 
American Reamed Team, was not 
willing to concede a lack of effort, 
but rather attributed the stunning 
losses to better training techniques 
and coaching abroad that focuses 
more on the game's fundamentals. 

While players, coaches, and ana- 
lysts disagree about the reasons for 
Collapse 2002, it is undisputable that 
the Americans simply could not hang 
with the Europeans or the Latin 
Americans in 2002. 

However, there is a positive to be 
drawn from the demise of the bailers 
and the rise of the kickers: America 
finally made good on its promise of 
equality. Our soccer team and bas- 
ketball team fare about the same in 
world competition. 

The future must be bright. 

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Friday, September 27 

- Women's Tennis at Williams 
(Rolex Tournament), TBA 

- Volleyball at home (Polar Bear 
Invitational), 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 

- Men's Tennis at M.I.T. (Rolex 

- Golf at State Tournament, 10 a.m. 

Saturday, September 28 

- Women's Soccer against Amherst 
College at home, 1 1:00 p.m. 

- Men's and Women's Cross 
Country at lona. 11:00 a.m. 

- Men's Soccer against Amherst 
College at home, 12:00 p.m. 

- Field Hockey against Amherst 
College at home, 1 1:30 a.m. 

- Football against Amherst College 
at home, 1:30 p.m. 

- Men's Rugby at Maine- 
Farmington, TBA 

- Women's Rugby at Bridge water 
State, TBA 

Saturday, Sept. 28 (cont'd) 

- Golf at Middlebury for the 
NESCACs, 9:00 a.m. 

- Women's Tennis at Williams 
(Rolex Tournament), TBA 

- Men's Tennis at M.I.T. (Rolex 

- Volleyball at home (Polar Bear 
Invitational). 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 

Sunday, September 29 

- Women's Soccer against 
Middlebury College at home, 12:00 

- Men's Soccer against Middlebury 
College at home, 12:00 p.m. 

- Field Hockey against Middlebury 
College at home, 12:00 p.m. 

- Men's Tennis at M.I.T (Rolex 

- Women's Tennis at Williams 
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- Golf at Middlebury for the 
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The Bowdoin Orient 

Men's soccer downs Williafris 

Sean Walker 

Staff Whiter 

I have no problem with Williams 
College. My "beef is with their 
mascot Has there ever been a worse 
name in the history of athletics than 
the Ephs' 7 I decided that before I 
could rip into the nation's sixth- 
ranked (cam for being dominated on 
their turf by Bowdom's 
Men's Soecef team. I 
should at least explain 
what an "Eph" is 

An Eph. claims the 
Willaims web site, is 
"pronounced 'Ecfs'. and 
is short for Ephraim 
Williams, whose will and 
determination led to the 
founding of the college." 
Interesting. I wonder if 
they would be the 
Timmys or the Jeffs if 
that had been their 
founder's name'' 

Hell, throw a Lord in 
front of the Jeff and they 
could be Amherst, run- 
ncrs-up in my worst ever 
N ESC AC mascot con- 
test. For the record. 
Tnnity comes in a distant 
third for trying to pass 
their male rooster off as a 
"Bantam" instead of the correct term 
of cock. 

The worst part is that Williams 
didn't just settle for calling them- 
selves the Ephs and using an old man 
for a mascot No. they had to clever- 
ly take the name of a popular student 
publication in 1907 called The 
Purple Cow Brilliantly, the name 
Eph became attached to the purple 
COW, and now the Purple Cow Eph 
strikes fear into the heart of 
Williams' opponents for all eternity. 

Until last Saturday, that is. when 
the Bowdoin Men's Soccer Team 
decided to enter the pasture and leave 
with a stunning 3-2 overtime win. 
Apparently. Williams defender Dylan 
Smith decided he wanted to be a 
Polar Bear for a day and headed the 
ball into his own net. giving 
Bowdoin the upset win. 

For Head Coach Brian Ainscough. 
the win a step towards the future. "It 

feels like every year Williams is the 
team you need to beat to be success- 
ful." said Ainscough. The coach's 
assessment of Williams is dead on — 
for years, the Ephs have been at or 
near the top of the NESCAC stand- 
ings come playoff time. 

After the latest NCAA coach's 
poll, however. Williams, now ranked 
17th nationally, has been surpassed 


Evan Kohn, Ikjwdoin Orient 

makes overtime victory against sixth-ranked 
College Ephs? Evidently so. 

by two NESCAC teams. Tufts, 
ranked seventh and your very own 
Polar Bears, coming in at 14th. 

Sophomore scoring sensation 
Bobby Dcsilcts. who scored the sec- 
ond goal of the game to give 
Bowdoin a 2-0 advantage, called the 
win the most exciting of his career. 
"It was unbelievable." Desilets said 
of his goal. "I've never scored in a 
game this big." 

Desilets' score, which followed a 
tally by Drew Russo '06. put the 
Polar Bears in a commanding posi- 
tion going into halftime. Of course, 
the Ephs are not a herd to count out, 
as they proved in the second half 
with goals by Alex Blake and Khan 
Stephenson to tie the score. 

One would imagine that the young 
Polar Bears would have trouble 
recovering from squandering a two- 
goal advantage and having to enter 
into an overtime period with the 

older, more experienced Ephs. 

This was not the case, however. 
Desilets said. "Even though they 
scored the goals to tie it up, we still 
had confidence in ourselves and felt 
we still had a lot of momentum." 

The team's overall confidence 
grew leaps and bounds a mere six 
minutes later when Smith's mishap 
gave Bowdoin the win. The mistake 
may be a sign of things to 
come for the Ephs. "We 
feel that Williams has seen 
their better days pass for 
now, but we feel our best 
days are yet to come," said 

While the rest of the 
NESCAC season will sup- 
port or disprove 
Ainscough's prophecy, 
Bowdoin cannot afford to 
rest on its laurels. "I would 
say that the upcoming 
weekend will be the 
biggest of our season," said 
Desilets. "We'll have to 
forget about Williams and 
focus on two tough games 
against Amherst and 

Of course, after slaugh- 
tering Williams' cows in a 
manner that would make 
Ronald McDonald proud, 
the Polar Bears are ready for any- 
thing. Amherst and Middlebury 
beware. After all. Polar Bears are the 
only species of animals that instinc- 
tually view humans as prey. 

Speaking of prey, the grass that the 
feared Ephs of Williams subsist on is 
also where many of Williams's play- 
ers undoubtedly sat shocked as the 
Polar Bears of Bowdoin jumped onto 
their bus to enjoy their victory on the 
five-hour-long trip home. 

Surely not many outside of the 
Bowdoin soccer community expect- 
ed such an upset to occur last week- 
end. And I'm sure virtually no one 
would have bet on both the Men and 
Women's Soccer teams to beat 
Williams. After all, two upsets of 
this proportion happening concur- 
rently is extremely rare, if not 
unheard of. 
Then again, so is a purple cow. 

Women's JV soccer: lovin 

Rebekah Metzler 

Staff Writer 

JV Soccer - nope it's definitely not 
played for the glory. In a world dom- 
inated by male sports where you 
can't find any channel broadcasting a 
women's event if you tried all day, 
the men's J V team has ceased to exist 
and the women's team is sporting 
almost 40 members. 

Jenn Harvey, proud three-year 
member, exclaimed "When I arrived 
as a freshman, JV was just starting to 
get going. Now it has doubled in size 
and is a sport that is popular through- 
out all grades." 

It truly it a season that is played 
from game to game — all five of 
them. JV soccer fills a specific niche 
in the Bowdoin College landscape. 
Maybe you go to practice three times 
a week or maybe you can't make it to 
the game until twenty minutes into it. 
But the deal is. when you're there, 
you're there. 

It's your time to play - you don't 
bicker about playing time and you're 
not' depressed because you were off 
that day. Harvey claimed. "JV soccer 
is one of the best things that ever 
happened to me. It's soccer the way 
it should be, just for fun, with no 
pressure or huge time commitment." 

It's not that the team lacks compet- 
itive spirit, but that it's played at its 
purest on the field where friendship 
prevails above all. You go to JV for 
a smile, a rush, or to pick you up, but 
it's never a chore. 

An anonymous source raved, 
"When I first came to Bowdoin, I 
was not sure of what to expect Then 
1 began J V soccer and all of a sudden, 
I had a new family. We ate together, 
played together, laughed together, 
and partied together. Over everyday 
activities we bonded into an unstop- 
pable force." 

Clearly the most powerful aspect 
of JV soccer is not that it's conven- 
ient for school or that it's better than 
the workout room - the most power- 
ful aspect is the family that comes 
with it One member claims when 
asked to, she "wanted to offer a help- 
ing hand to another moose - that's 
what JV soccer means." 

That attitude helped spark, in a 
matter of two or three years, a light- 
ening quick transition in the program 
transforming from an unknown ath- 
letic team mm a complete social enti- 

Commitment to JV soccer brings a 

lifetime membership. Seniors, jun- 
iors, and first-years are linked togeth- 

er in a network of society whose 
heart lies in the class of 2005. These 
girls possess an energy and love for 
the sport and each other that is conta- 

The same anonymous source stat- 
ed, "My favorite thing about JV soc- 
cer is, without a doubt, the people. 
We have such an eclectic group of 
girls, who when we come together, 
make an ejyrironment in which 
everyone has an incredible time" 

For the record, fbe gatherings of 
these ladies do not end with the sea- 
son. Them are continued celebra- 
tions for everything and everyone. 
And trust me, these girls party with 
full intensity. 

Another anonymous source hint, 
ed, "As tongas there is T-shirt -mak- 
ing involved, you know it'll be a 
good party." In fact, you may be 
turned from the door or invited ' 
re-dressed ifyouWt fit me 

However, when go the prowl, the 
team mentality takes over. They own 
a campus-wide as if k were their 
playground (and perhaps that's just 
what it is). JV pridef Don't mistake 
them for varsity. 

"Wheoit comes to JV soccer I can 
only say this— we are never at a lots 

USA Basketball, 
Soccer converge 

J.P. Box 


Remember when the United States 
Men's Basketball Team could beat 
Spain left-handed? Or how about 
when the U.S. Men's Soccer Team 
couldn't run with a J.V. team from a 
Brazilian high school? 

Those were the good old days 
when no one really cared about a 
sport in which you couldn't use your 
hands unless you had special gloves. 
Instead, we turned all of our attention 
to basketball, a game that demands 
its players to use their hands in har- 
monious motions of absolute dexter- 

But then the unthinkable hap- 
pened — U.S. Soccer earned interna- 
tional respect after outplaying a 
stacked German team led by the 
world's stingiest goalie, Oliver Kahn, 
in the quarterfinals of the World Cup 
2002. Although the men in blue lost 
by a score of one to nil and failed to 
advance to the semifinals, they 
asserted themselves as legitimate 
contenders in the international arena. 

Landon Donovan, Clint Mathis, 
and Eddie Lewis may not be house- 
hold names in the U.S., but you bet- 
ter bet that the average Brazilian, 
Spaniard, or Brit knows about them 
after their inspirational performances 
in the World Cup. 

In the most important sporting 
competition on the planet, the United 
States finally shrugged the title of 
perennial losers. Suddenly, it was 
cool to like soccer, and we woke up 
at ungodly hours to watch the games 

Sure, we didn't have the slightest 
clue what was going on, but we knew 
that it was important. Sports history 
was unfolding and we were going to 
be there for every second of it — 
including that strangely arbitrary sys- 
tem of bonus time in which the refer- 
ee lets the athletes play a little longer 
until finally blowing the whistle sev- 
eral minutes after the official time 
has elapsed. 

And yes, we didn't understand 
why a soccer player would be carted 
off on a stretcher after tripping over a 
dandelion, but we cheered when he 
ran back onto the field five minutes 

And of course none of us knew 
why Ronaldo forgot to shave the 
front part of his scalp, but that didn't 
matter — we were Cup-crazy and 
rooting for the biggest upset in the 

history of world sports. 

In short, things were looking up 
for American athletics. In addition to 
soccer's strong showing, the U.S. 
would surely claim another basket- 
ball title in the upcoming World 

But then the even more unthink- 
able happened — the U.S. Men's 
Basketball Team, considered to be 
the most dominating collection of 
bailers in the world, placed sixth. 
Kobe Bryant, Shaq, Kevin Garnet!, 
and Jason Kidd did not compete, but 
their absence cannot explain the 
unprecedented flop. 

Five other countries fielded better 
teams than the United States in 2002, 
including Argentina, Spain, and 
champion Yugoslavia. 

After an 81-75 victory over the 
United States, Spanish coach Javier 
Imbroda said, "This is a good experi- 
ence (for the Americans) to establish 
what happens when you lose, and to 
analyze it, because the world is 

A couple of months ago that com- 
ment would have seemed smug, arro- 
gant, and laughable. Today, 
Americans must accept the reality of 
an embarrassing finish that included 
three losses in the final four games of 
international competition. 

Just months after the U.S. Soccer 
played with a passion that their oppo- 
nents failed to match, the U.S. 
Basketball Team tentatively took part 
in the international competition. 
Said NBA rookie-of-the-year Pau 
Gasol of Spain: "I think they play 
harder in the NBA than they did here. 
These were not the players I know." 

George Karl, head coach of the 
American Reamed Team, was not 
willing to concede a lack of effort, 
but rather attributed the stunning 
losses to better training techniques 
and coaching abroad that focuses 
more on the game's fundamentals. 

While players, coaches, and ana- 
lysts disagree about the reasons for 
Collapse 2002, it is undisputable that 
the Americans simply could not hang 
with the Europeans or the Latin 
Americans in 2002. 

However, there is a positive to be 
drawn from the demise of the bailers 
and the rise of the kickers: America 
finally made good on its promise of 
equality. Our soccer team and bas- 
ketball team fare about the same in 
world competition. 

The future must be bright. 

forbooyah. And to those who think 


"For JV soccer. 

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This week in sports 

Friday, September 27 

- Women's Tennis at Williams 
(Rolex Tournament), TBA 

- Volleyball at home (Polar Bear 
Invitational), 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 

- Men's Tennis at MIT. (Rolex 

- Golf at State Tournament, 10 a.m. 

Saturday, September 28 

- Women's Soccer against Amherst 
College at home. 1 1:00 p.m. 

- Men's and Women's Cross 
Country at lona. 1 1:00 a.m. 

- Men's Soccer against Amherst 
College at home, 1 2:00 p.m. 

- Field Hockey against Amherst 
College at home. 1 1:30 am. 

- Football against Amherst College 
at home, 1 30 p.m. 

- Men's Rugby at Maine- 
Farmington, TBA 

- Women's Rugby at Bridgewater 
State, TBA 

Saturday, Sept. 28 (cont'd) 

- Golf at Middlebury for the 
NESCACs, 9:00 am. 

- Women's Tennis at Williams 
(Rolex Tournament), TBA 

- Men's Tennis at M.I.T. (Rolex 

- Volleyball at home (Polar Bear 
Invitational), 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 

Sunday, September 29 

- Women's Soccer against 
Middlebury College at home, 12:00 

- Men's Soccer against Middlebury 
College at home, 12:00 p.m. 

- Field Hockey against Middlebury 
College at home, 12:00 p.m. 

- Men's Tennis at M.I.T (Rolex 

- Women's Tennis at Williams 
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"The Role of Humans Shaping Island Ecosystems" 

with Dr. Patrick V. Kirch, professor of anthropology at 

the University of California, Berkeley and director of 

the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at the 

University of California, Berkeley. Kirch specializes 

in the archaeology of the Pacific Islands, especially 

Melanesia and Polynesia, focusing on the evolution of 

sociopolitical formations and the diversity of people 

within the Pacific. i 

V.A.C., Kresge Auditorium, 12:30 p.m. 


All your jazz favorites right in 

time for teat i me! 

VAC, Kresge Auditorium, 

4:00 p.m. 

SPORTS: Bowdoin Women's 

Volleyball hosts the Polar Bear 


Morrell Gym, 5:00 p.m. 

Faculty Dance Performance: 

Bowdoin College's Department of Theater and Dance will present the 

premiere of "Close Calls and Near Misses" by the modern dance 

company Berg, Jones and Sarvis. Gretchen Berg, Gwyneth Jones and 

Paul Sarvis all teach in Bowdoin College's Department of Theater and 

Dance, and their company performs nationally. Tickets available at 

the Smith Union Information Desk, FREE with Bowdoin I.D. 

Wish Theater, 7:00 p.m. 

HOUSE DEDICATION: Come to the dedication of the Donald B. 
MacMillan House, located at S McKecn Street, for a tour and recep- 
tion. MacMillan House, 5:00 p.m. 

CAMPUS WIDE: Shake it! 

Dance Party at Howell House. 

10:00 p.m. 

FILM: Amelie 

Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium, 7:00 p.m. 

* Followed by a special presentation of Martin Scorsese's 

The Last Waltz, 9:00 p.m. Bowdoin Film Society.* 

Saturday: ccmmcn good dat: 


Bowdoin vs. Amherst (home) 
Women's Soccer, 1 1:00 a.m. 

Field Hockey, 11:30 a.m. 

Men's Soccer, 12:00 p.m. 
Football, 130 p.m. 

FILM: City of Lost Children 

Bowdoin Film Society 

Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium 

7:00 p.m. 


Ladd House. 10:00 p.m. 

Faculty Dance Performance: 

Bowdoin College's Department of Theater and Dance 
will present the premiere Of "Close Calls and Near 
Misses" by the modern dance company Berg, Jones 
and Sarvis. Gretchen Berg, Gwyneth Jones and Paul 
Sarvis, all teach in Bowdoin College's Department of 
Theater and Dance; their company performs national- 
ly. Tickets available at the Smith Union Information 
Desk, FREE with Bowdoin I.D. 
Wish Theater, 7:00 p.m. 


Sports: Bowdoin vs. 

Middlebury (home) 

Field Hockey, Men's and 

Women's Soccer, 

12:00 p.m. 


Bowdoin Chapel, 
4:30 p.m. 

Writing Project Workshops: 

Sundays: in the Russwurm House library, 

6:00-1 1:00 p.m. 

Monday-Wednesday, H&L Library, 3rd Floor, 

8:30-1 1:00 p.m. 


Lecture: "Joshua Chamberlain at 

Gettysburg: Building the Legend," by Dr. 

Tom Desjardin. Book signing to follow. 

Druckenmiller Hall, 

Cleaveland 151,7:00 p.m. 

PERFORMANCE: Marion Ross performs "A Lovely Light." a one-woman show 
based on the life and works by the acclaimed female poet and playwright of the 20th 
century Edna St. Vincent Millay. As the fun-loving "Mrs Cunningham," Marion Ross 
is most famous for her work on "Happy Days;" she comes to Bowdoin with extensive 
experience on the stage, in film and television. Tickets available at the Smith Union 

Information Desk: $15. 
V.A.C., Kresge Auditorium, 7:00 p.m. 



V.A.C., Beam Classroom, 
4:00 p.m. 

Art Lecture: 

Thomas Cornell speaks "On 'Nature' and 'Good' — An 
Artist's Reconciliation of Aesthetics and Ethics." This 
talk is Cornell's inaugural lecture as the recently hon- 
ored Richard E. Steele Professor of Studio Art. 
V.A.C., Kresge Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. 


7:30 p.m. 

State Theatre 

609 Congress Street, Portland. 

For more information and tickets call, 

(207) 775-3331. 


* Lecture: Archaeology Month Lecture 
Dr. Warren Reiss of the University of Maine's School of Marine Sciences 
and the Darling Marine Center in Walpole, Maine speaks on "The Process of 

Maritime Archaology in Maine Waters." Reception to follow. 
VAC. Kresge Auditorium, 7:00 p.m. 

Discussion Series: 

Professor Allen Springer, chair of the 
government department, will be dis- 
cussing To Attack Iraq? The 
International Legal Issues." 
Quinby House, First Floor, 7:30 p.m. 

Open Dress Rehearsal: For Cobred Ciris Who have 

Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf 

Wish Theater, 8:00 p.m. 

Performance: Kick-off show for the 

Improvabilities, Bowdoin's improvisational comedy 

group. V.A.C., KresgeAuditorium, 

9:00 p.m. 



Community Lecture Series: 

Allen Tucker. Anne T and Robert M. Bass Professor of 

Natural Sciences, speaks on "Teaching and Living in the 

Ukraine: An American Perspective." 

Moulton Union. Main Lounge, 12:30 p.m. 

"Muskox Land: Ellesmere Island in the Age of Contact." 
by Lyle Dick, west coast historian. 
V.A.C.. Beam Classroom. 7:00 p.m. 

"Islamic Futures-Not Fear But Hope is the Signpost 

Ahead" will be presented by Bruce B. Lawrence, Duke 

University religion professor. His most recent work 

includes Shattering the Myth: Islam Beyond Violence, Go, 

God, Go: Resilient Religion in the Global Century, and 

the trade book The Complete Idiot's Guide to Religions 

Online. He currently teaches at Duke University. 

Druckenmiller Hall, Cleaveland 151, 7:30 p.m. 


Portland State Theatre, 7:30 p.m. 

For more information and 

tickets call, (207) 775-3331 

For Colored Girls Who have 

Considered Suicide When 

the Rainbow is Enuf 

Written by Ntozake Shange and 

directed by Kerry Elson '04. 

Tickets available at the Smith 

Union Info. Desk: $1.00 

Wish Theater, 8:00 p.m. 

Senior Pub Night 

Jack McGees Pub 
10:00 p.m. 



Light Rain 




Partly Cloudy 


Photo by Greg T. Spielberg 

Lofly-Tany Joke of Ihe Week! 
Where do people team to greet people? 

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Bowdoin Orient 

Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine 

The Oldest Continuously Published College Weekly in the U.S. 

October 4, 2002 
Volume CXXXII, Number 4 

dedicated by 

Rose Kent 
Staff Writer 

Donald B. MacMillan House was ded- 
icated last Friday in a ceremony attended 
primarily by visiting alumni. Formerly 
Theta Delta Chi, the house is named after 
Donald B. MacMillan, an arctic explorer, 
humanitarian, Bowdoin alumnus, and 
member of Theta Delta Chi. 

Speakers at the event included Michel 
LePage 78, the president of the Alumni 
Council; President Bany Mills "72; 
Horace Hildreth '54; Gene Boyington 
'62, current President of Theta Delta Chi 
House; and Mark Lucci '04, President of 
MacMillan House. 

LePage welcomed the group of alum- 
ni and students, commenting on the' 'phe- 
nomenal change" that has taken place in 
the structure as a result of the renovation, 
and commented that, ''yes, the smell in the 
basement is finally gone." LePage was a 
member of TDC while at Bowdoin, as 
were many of those in attendance. 

Mills spoke next, explaining the affili- 
ation system as well as the College House 
system and commented that he was 
"proud of what this house re presen ts and 
of the whole system." He described some 
of the possible projects MacMillan will be 
working on, including coffee houses and 
trips to an museums. Mills stressed the 

Please see MACMILLAN, page 4 

Protesting for peace 

■»* ■ 







Hans Law, Bowdoin Orient 

Students and Brunswick residents voiced their political opinions 
earlier this week on Maine Street, as they protested the possibility 
of war in Iraq. 

Red carpet rolled out for Mainers 

Admissions provides Maine high school students with inside look at College 

Ann Sullivan 

Staff Writer 

Maine Day at Bowdoin is one 
of Admissions' main promo- 
tional events, catering specifi- 
cally to Maine high-school stu- 
dents. Last Monday's Maine 
Day, which invited students 
from all over the state to the 
College, is a tradition dating 
back several years, and, 
according to Assistant Dean of 
Admissions and Coordinator of 
Special Events Wendy 
Thompson, the reasoning 
behind the open house is "to 
bring Bowdoin to a greater 
awareness for Maine kids." 

Specifically, this event gives 
these students the opportunity 
to get a more personal look at 
the school. Generally the pro- 
gram draws 70 to 95 seniors 
along with a few juniors; how- 
ever, this year saw an overall 
boost in junior attendance. 

The fall Maine Day is 
"open,'' as opposed to the invi- 
tational spring day, where par- 
ticipants are selected by their 
high school guidance coun- 
selors; however, the idea of the 
invitationals is in the process 
of being reconsidered, as 
Bowdoin does not want to risk 
omitting important candidates 

Hans Law, Bowdoin Orient 

As part of Admissions' half' day program, Maine high school sen- 
iors and juniors were acquainted with the campus through tours, 
above, as well as student panels, and faculty discussions. 

who might have been over- 
looked by guidance counselors. 
The half-day program includ- 
ed a welcome by President 
Barry Mills, a campus tour, and 
an admissions and financial aid 


discussion, as well as the 
opportunity to attend classes 
and a student and academic life 
panel — all of which were 

Please see MAINE, page 2 

Neighbors sound off 
on noisy students 

Ann Sullivan 

Staff Writer 

Brunswick area residents and neigh- 
bors of the College have been turning up 
the intensity of noise complaints against 
students this fall. Noise has always been a 
moderate issue for neighbors of the 
College; but the current level of com- 
plaints indicates that it has come to the 
forefront of their concerns. 

The integration of 
the campus into more 
residential areas is 
bringing college life to 
neighborhoods that 
are not ready for 
'party" behavior. 

Brunswick Police 
Department Patrol 
Commander Rick 
Desjardins, a leader in 
the movement to solve 
the problem said that 
the "relationship 
between the College and the neighbors 
has always been peaceful up until recent- 
ly." This strained relationship is mostly 
due to weekends, where, as stated by 
Dejardins. "what used to be a single fam- 
ily home on Friday and Saturday night 
turns into a two or three hundred people 

The majority of the noise complaints 
come from the houses surrounding 
Garrison Avenue and Harpswell Road In 
conjunction with these complaints are 
concerns from Longfellow Avenue resi- 

dents that the traffic to and from parties is 
loud and disrespectful, considering the 
fact that students are traveling through a 
residential area late at night. 

The issue of noise complaints is han- 
dled first by a call to either Campus 
Security or the Brunswick Police 
Department. Generally. Security handles 
the on-campus problems and the Police 
Department takes the off-campus calls. 
After a complaint is filed the authorities 
go to the site to 
evaluate the validi- 
ty of the call and 
judge whether the 
concern is reason- 
able. If an inter- 
vention is 
required. the 
members hosting 
the event will be 
approached and 
asked to deal with 
the issue. 

The ultimate 
goal of enforcement is to make (he noise 
stop— officials simply want voluntary 
compliance; however, if students refuse 
to cooperate, this qualifies as disorderly 
conduct, a criminal offense. In addition to 
the issue of noise, traffic to and from par- 
ties is a concern to homeowners who feel 
uncomfortable and unsafe with intoxicat- 
ed students trespassing late at night 
through residential yards. 

"This isn't about neighbors angry that 

Please see RACKET, page 2 

Karslcn Moran. Bowdoin Orient 

Bowdoin students gone wild: 
a typical Saturday night. 

Parents welcomed to campus 

Nupur Jhawar 

Staff Writer 

From attending academic 
classes to visiting various muse- 
um exhibitions, parents will cer- 
tainly keep busy this Parents 
Weekend. The Office of Events 
and Summer Programs will try 
to give parents a taste of the 
College, with faculty hours, stu- 
dent presentations, museum 
exhibits, campus tours, and par- 
ents meetings filling up every 
hour of their schedules as they 
try to experience Bowdoin in 
just one weekend. 

Parents Weekend, a tradition 
since the 1960s, gives parents an 
opportunity to talk with 
Bowdoin faculty and students 
and experience life at the 
College. From Friday through 
Sunday, a number of classes, 
student performances, lectures, 
Sarah and James Bowdoin Day 
exercises, and other forms of 
entertainment are available to 

In addition to all the meetings 
and receptions, parents can 
watch Bowdoin sporting events, 

go on an Outing Club hike, or 
attend student performances in 
Pickard Theater. 

Sarah Bond, event planner in 
the Office of Events and 
Summer Programs, stated, "If 
[parents] are coming from such a 
long distance, we want them to 
enjoy every bit lof the week- 

She went on to explain that 
they have tried to schedule as 
many events as possible so that 
parents do not miss out on any- 
thing, and have enough options 
to pick and choose how they 
would like to spend their week- 
end. "We want to give them a 
taste of campus life," she said. 

Faculty and students of 
Bowdoin are also organizing 
activities for students who are 
not able to see their parents or 
participate in the weekend. 
Travis Dube '04, a proctor in 
Hyde, plans to take affiliate 
Howell residents, deans, and 
other students to the Monmouth 
Theater to see a play and to have, 

Please see PARENTS, page 3 


A political showdown: 

Pros and cons of attacking Iraq 

Page 4 


Field hockey ousts 

NESCAC rivals 

Page 18 

Academic Workshops, Page 5 

October 4, 2002 


The Bowdoin Orient 

Common hour studies island life 

Jonathan Perez 

Staff Writer 

As the forerunner of a month- 
long lecture series, archaeolo- 
gist Patrick V. Kirch, Professor 
of Anthropology at University 
of California Berkeley, hosted 
last Friday's Common Hour 
with his lecture entitled, "The 
Role of Humans in Shaping 
Island Ecosystems." 

The lecture series, in obser- 
vance of Maine's Archaeology 
Month, are meant as a means to 
"contextualize Bowdoin's prox- 
imity to the coast," explained 
Anne Henshaw, director of the 
Coastal Studies Center. 

Specializing in the archaeolo- 
gy of the Pacific Islands of 
Melanesia and Polynesia, Dr. 
Kirch chose to focus on the 
people of Mangaia, the south- 
ernmost and second largest of 
the Cook Islands. 

With the distinction of being 
the oldest island in the Pacific, 
Mangaia's ancient ethnography 
indicated a great deal of politi- 
cal warfare between the island's 
six tribal groups. Through car- 
bon dating and a number of 

Admissions welcomes Maine high- schoolers 

Karsten Mono, Bowdoin Orient 

Patrick Kirch, professor of anthropology at University of California 
Berkeley, hosted this week's Common Hour. 

core analyses, Dr. Kirch and his 
team uncovered a history of 42 
wars attributed mostly to strug- 
gles fought over the island's 
limited resources. 

These included irrigated allu- 
vial basins used to harvest taro 
and yams which degradated 
many of the ridges around 
Makatea, the island's inner 
wall, and caused strong deposi- 
tions to form unnatural sedi- 

Brunswick neighbors object to raucous students 

Karsten Moran Bowdoin Orient 

Student carousing has caused safety concerns among neighbors. 

RACKET, from page I 

someone is having a party; these are real- 
ly people who are scared in their homes," 
Desjardins said 

The problem of noise is bang dealt 
with on all fronts, and the presence of 
Campus Security on the streets surround- 
ing the school has been increased for 
Friday and Saturday nights. Bruce 
Boucher. Director of Security at 
Bowdoin. explained "| we) patrol specific 
areas [where] we know we will tun into 
this problem" 

The objective in doing this is to remind 
students to remain quiet and respectful on 
their trips back to their dorms and apart- 
ments. The Brunswick Police Department 
has also become involved in the interven- 
tion, aiding Secunty whenever necessary. 
Members of the town are not the only 
ones raising awareness and seeking a 
solubon to this issue; many students also 
want to join in the effort so that the dis- 
ruptive aco^ of others wiU riot reflect on 
the school. According to Desjardins. 
"(people are) concerned the Bowdoin 
name or Bowdoin relationship in the town 
is going to be affected by this Iproblem]." 

Students for Respectful Brunswick- 
Bowdoin Relations (SRBBR). a group 
involved in reaching a compromise to the 
noise problem, is led by seniors Libby 
Bourke and Conine Pellegrini. The group 
meets with all parties involved to achieve 
their goal which according to Dean of 
Student Affairs Craig Bradley, is to "build 
some mutual understanding and respect" 


sequences along the 

Please see CSC, page 3 

MAINE, firm page 1 

followed by lunch in Thorne 
Dining Hall. 

The day of 
events was 

designed so that 
Bowdoin could 
reach out and in a 
sense "sell itself" 
to Maine students 
who may take the 
school for granted 
due to the fact that 
Bowdoin is in 
their state. 

emphasized that Admissions 
wanted them to, "realize really 
how terrific a school it is." 

Does the idea of Maine Day 
work? Thompson revealed that 
"well over half the kids [specif- 
ically between 53-64 percent of 

participants] who have come to 
Maine Day in the last couple of 
years have applied." 
More positive feedback 
comes from a 
Maine Day 
visitor her- 
self. Jessy 
LePage said 
that "it is 
good to reach 
out to Maine 
because [it 
makes them] 
feel special." 
As for the 
potential drawback of Bowdoin 
being in her state, LePage said, 
"my dad lived in Brunswick and 
he went to Bowdoin, but he 
says that although he went to 
school in his hometown, it was 
really a world away." 

Thompson revealed 
that "well over half the 
kids [specifically 
between 53-64 percent 
of participants] who 
have come to Maine 
Day in the last couple 
of years have applied." 


WtiVB JSrtefe 

college in a town; not a college town" 

According to its members, SRBBR is 
interested in getting to the bottom of prob- 
lem, and helping the campus educate stu- 
dents Members are working with off- 
campus residents and helping them build 
relationships with their neighbors, in addi- 
tion to reminding them to encourage their 
guests to be polite on their walks home. 

Off -campus housing is not the only tar- 
get of criticism; members are considering 
a meeting with all College Houses to 
allow enforcement to establish a relabon- 
ship with them Desjardins explained that 
social houses need to be concerned about 
their guests' behavior as it is "unaccept- 
able for students here at Bowdoin to 
essentially ruin it for the whole — to be 
doing things that are disorderly in the pub- 
lic and then going to social houses in the 
community [which] essentially [puts] that 
social house in jeopardy of closing." 

Although many steps are being taken 
to find a resolution to this problem, 
Bradley remains realistic "[noise] is an 
issue that will always be with us [for] stu- 
dents are lively and active and keep dif- 
ferent hours from most ot the neighbors." 

Even though pleasing both campus 
members and town residents is nearly 
impossible, Desjardins warned that the 
noise problem "could impact everybody: 
alums to potential students. Ibis is a big 
issue— how Bowdoin's reputation cames 
after this event is going to make a big dif- 

For further information, a meeting 
open to all will he held in Moulton Union 
at 8:00 pm on Wednesday, October 9. 



Barbershop stirs 
up controversy 

Reverend Bemice A. King, daughter 
of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, 
Jr., told a crowd of 300 at Perm State 
Behrend that jokes from the recent 
movie Barbershop were disrespectful to 
the memory of her late father. 

The jabs at MGM's September block- 
buster were part of a speech in which 
King's youngest daughter urged people 
to be mindful of how they treat one 
another and perform acts of kindness. 

Both Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al 
Sharpton called on MGM to edit the 
offensive scenes out of the film, which 
also pokes fun at civil rights icon Rosa 
Parks. MGM producers apologized for 
the jokes, but refused to remove the 
scenes in question. 

Barbershop was the number one film 
in the U.S. for two straight weeks and 
has grossed over $51 million since it 
arrived in theaters. 



Marine investigators are investigating 
the apparent sabotage of 13 parachutes 
prior to a September Marine Gyps train- 
ing exercise. The suspension lines of all 
of the parachutes had been cut in a man- 
ner that would pass pre-jump inspec- 

The sabotage was discovered after 
three Marine jumpers were forced to use 
their reserve parachutes after their main 
parachutes failed. The incident occurred 
during heavy equipment parachute train- 
ing at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina 

After the malfunctions, the similar 
problems were discovered in the other 
parachutes, which were located in a 
warehouse. There have been no arrests 



Naval air station hosts 
counterterrorism course 

Law enforcement officials from the 
Brunswick and Bath police forces, 
Cumberland. Lincoln, and Sagadahoc 
Counties, and the US. Coast Guard and 
Border Patrol are currently taking an 
intensive counterterrorism course at 

Brunswick Naval Air Station in an 
attempt to prepare Maine for any future 
terrorist attacks. 

The 40-hour course, taught by five 
specialized trainers, aims to develop a 
statewide network of law enforcement 
personnel familiar with counterterrorism 
techniques, develop an infrastructure for 
a local response to terrorism, and devel- 
op local options for citizen input on sus- 
picious activity. 

Much of the information surrounding 
the course — including the curriculum — 
is being kept secret for security reasons, 
but the course focuses on the relationship 
between local officials and the commu- 
nity, with an eye toward the individual 
rights guaranteed by the Constitution. 

Numbers of Maine fisher- 
men, hunters decline 

Following a national trend, the num- 
ber of Maine sportsmen has declined 
four percent since 1996. 

The study by the U.S. Fish and 

Wildlife Service also found that Maine's 

fishermen and hunters spent 19 percent 

less last year than they did six years ago. 

While Maine's population increased 

from 966,000 to 1,005,000 in the same 

period, the numbers of hunters aged 16 

years and over decreased by 10,000. 

The decrease in sportsmen may be 
attributed to the aftereffects of 
September 11 and the souring U.S. econ- 

Despite the overall decrease in sports- 
men, the numbers of wildlife watchers 
nationally increased from 63 million to 
66 million 

College Life 

Report finds U.S. col- 
leges unaffordable 

A national organization's report card 
on individual state support for higher 
education determined that a college edu- 
cation is even less affordable than it was 
two years ago 

The National Center for Public Policy 
and Education, a nonprofit organization 
based in San Jose, CA, reduced the 
national affordability grade from a C- in 
its last report two years ago to a D in this 
year's report. The eerier used data from 
the federal government as well as statis- 
tics from independent national sources to 
determine its rankings. 

California was the only state to buck 

the trend, receiving an A grade for over- 
all affordability. The organization also 
rated states in four other categories, 
however, no state received straight As 
and all 50 states saw grades drop in one 
or more categories. 

With decreasing financial stability as 
a result of recent economic woes, many 
colleges and universities across the 
country have raised tuition. 

USM professor receives 
$7,000 in settlement 

The University of Southern Maine 
recently agreed to pay tenured psycholo- 
gy professor John Broida $7,000 in set- 
dement of a grievance suit filed over the 
university's termination of Broida's 
web-based psychology course. 

USM dropped Broida's course last 
spring after a student accused Broida of 
making offensive remarks about race 
and homosexuality in the videotaped 
lectures used by students in the course. 
Broida likes to use provocative material 
and an unorthodox lecture style to stim- 
ulate student thought 

Broida's agreement with USM also 
contained provisions which allowed for 
the reinstatement of the dropped psy- 
chology course and a written apology to 

Hamilton president resigns 
amid plagiarism charges 

Two weeks after admitting that he 
failed to properly cite sources in his con- 
vocation speech, Hamilton College 
President Eugene M. Tobiri resigned 
from his post at the college. 

The president's error came to light 
when a music professor asked about a 
book Tobin had mentioned in his 
September 1 convocation speech to the 
incoming freshmen class. Upon read- 
ing a review of the book on, the professor noted sim- 
ilarities to Tobin's speech and asked the 
president about the suspicious coinci- 

Tobin decided to immediately apolo- 
gize for his apparent plagiarism, but later 
decided that the error was too great an 
embarrassment to the college communi- 
Tobin has been the president of 

Hamilton for nine yeaqt and with the col- 
lege in other capacities for 22 years. His 
resignation will take effect on June 30 of 
this year. 

—Compiled by Kyle StaUer . 

The Bowdoin Orient 


October 4, 2002 

Bowdoin community bonds in serving Common Good 

Students and faculty participate in annual day of volunteerism; perform variety of service projects in Brunswick area 

Alex Cornell du Houx ■■■■E9ELJKHHH8HK^ w. „ k ,„h 

Alex Cornell du Houx 

Staff Writer 

Over 325 students, staff and 
faculty came together for an 
afternoon of community service 
in the greater Brunswick and 
Portland areas on September 

"Common Good Day provides 
the opportunity for the commu- 
nity, local business organiza- 
tions, and community partners 
to come together with Bowdoin 
students, staff, faculty, alumni 
and friends to serve the com- 
mon good and create lasting 
partnerships for community 
service," said Eric Morin '02 
who now works as the Common 
Good Day coordinator and 
AmcriCorps/VISTA volunteer 
at the College's Community 
Service Resource Center. 

This year's fourth annual 
Common Good Day was so suc- 
cessful that coordinators had to 
start a waiting list as scores of 
students, employees, alumni 
and friends of Bowdoin rushed 
to sign up for over 30 service 

The projects included adding 
books and shelves at the 
Topsham Public Library, 
preparing Fire Prevention Week 
educational materials for the 
Midcoast American Red Cross, 



"iLJfk s&* 

Karsten Moran, Bowdoin Orient 

A student proudly models the Common Good Day t-shirt presented to all volunteers. Students and fac- 
ulty worked side by side on projects such as trail work, cemetary mapping, shelving books, wall papering 
and overall cleaning. 

and cemetery mapping for 
Brunswick Open Space and 
Recreation Task Force. Other 
tasks included cleaning, paint- 
ing, wallpapering, and yard and 

trail work for organizations 
including the YMCA, Ronald 
McDonald House, Hospice 
Volunteers, and the Tedford 

Some of the more popular 
projects included demolishing a 
house for the Nature 
Conservatory, working at a farm 
with horses, cleaning up a 

beach, and painting murals in 
the basements of Moore and 
Maine Halls. 

"[Organizing Common Good 
Day has] been hectic and con- 
fusing and fun. Much like a 
roller coaster ride, if you will," 
Morin said. 

"Lydia Bell [Coordinator of 
Student Community Service 
Programs) has helped by pro- 
viding endless wisdom and 
guidance and her leadership has 
made organizing Common Good 
Day a pleasurable and worth- 
while experience." 

One of the goals of Common 
Good Day is to introduce stu- 
dents to volunteerism and to 
encourage them to enrich their 
college experience through 
future service projects. By the 
time they graduate. 70 percent 
of all students will have partici- 
pated in some form of commu- 
nity service at Bowdoin. 

Common Good Day takes its 
name from one of the principles 
outlined in the 1802 inaugural 
address of Bowdoin's first pres- 
ident, Joseph McKeen: "It 
ought always to be remembered 
that literary institutions are 
founded and endowed for the 
Common Good, and not for the 
private advantage of those who 
resort to them for education." 

CSC lecture series focuses on archeology of Polynesian islands 

CSC, from page 2 

Dr. Kirch drew further paral- 
lels between environmental 
change and human history by 
tracing a number of now extinct 
tree species through core pollen 
samples 2400 years back to the 
time of human arrival when 
ecosystems experienced the 
heaviest amount of change. Dr. 
Kirch also mentioned the com- 
mon practice of slash-and-burn 
farming which has caused most 
of the island's crucial forest 
habitat to disappear, "initiating 
the extinction of many bird 

On the other hand, in an 

interesting example of human 
sustainability, Dr. Kirch discov- 
ered in a 10,000 year-old 
sequence of stratified rock 
layer, radiocarbon evidence of 
native consumption of a 
Polynesian rat. 

"As the Polynesian saying 
goes 'it's as sweet as a rat' held 
true through historical record," 
Dr. Kirch stated. Because of 
intensive resource restriction, 
bone evidence verified that the 
very same species of rodent 
introduced some hundred years 
earlier had later been used as a 
chief food resource. 

Today with growing con- 
sumption of our natural 

resources and issues concerning 
overpopulation, Dr Kirch stated 
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than 1.6 times the earth's actual 
holding capacity. Through the 
efforts of many Polynesian con- 
servation groups, many locals 
now act as active stewards and 
managers of the island's pris- 
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bigger issues of sustainability 
at hand, Dr. Kirch poses the 
question, "One can have an 
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Similarly, Betty Trout-Kelly, 
the Executive to the President 
for Institutional Diversity and 
Equity, will run a program for 
students of color who do not 
meet up with their parents during 
Parents Weekend. The African- 
American House traditionally 
takes faculty and students of 
color out to dinner in Portland. 

Since the number of students 
in this program has increased, 
the African-American House will 
arrange a meal of Caribbean food 
on campus. Trout-Kelly thinks 
this program works well, 
because it is "an extension to the 
whole community." ♦ 

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President Mills, former fraternity members 
speak at Macmillan College House dedication 

Lecture examines culture of Islam 

Professor Bruce Lawrence discusses Islamic beliefs in light of recent events 

Hans Law, Bowdoin Orient 
An alum speaks at the MacMillan House dedication. 

MACMILLAN, from page 1 

leadership opportunities that are available 
within the House System 

President Mills then introduced 
Hildreth. who sailed to (he arctic as a 
teenager on the Bowdoin, Macmillan 's 
specially outfitted boat "Mac was a great 
person, great companion.' recollected 

The goal of that summer's expedition 
on the foMtkwi was to collect specimens 
for the Arctic Museum. Nearly all the ani- 
mal specimens in the museum were col- 
lected thai summer, and preserved until 
they could he stuffed by a taxidermist 

Next, Boyington spoke about the 
importance of the fraternity to the 
Bowdoin community, and expressed his 
wish for the values of the fraternity to be 
handed down lo the House System He 
also thanked Jack Si John 58 for a plaque 
bearing the Theta Delta Chi letters, which 
was presented to the college as a reminder 
of 'historic and cultural values" that the 
fraternity and the college house have 
shared 'lor decades." 

He went on to describe the fraternity as 
an institution that was "useful, valuable, 
even important to undeigraduate life," 
referring to the fraternity as the 'fabric of 
the college community." Boyington 
spoke of the enduring brotherhood and 
sense of family that was the fraternity. 

emphasizing the capital F in 'Fraternity.'' 
In his closing remarks the president of 
Theta Delta Chi expressed a hope that the 
"love, courage, honor, compassion, 
respect trust and commitment to the com- 
mon good" that were central to TDC will 
be earned on by members of MacMillan 

Lucci made a promise to take care of 
the house and to "fulfill the mission as a 
Bowdoin College Social House ." Social 
House leaders will be the leaders of the 
community, and the organization will 
remain true to its "regimen of alcoholic 
parties as well as non-alcoholic soaal and 
cultural events," including lntrarnurals, 
building with Habitat for Humanity, bring- 
ing jazz bands to the house and numerous 
other soaal and service events, and Lucci 
emphasized that MacMillan is not "solely 
an alcohol dispensing location." 

Greek fraternities were a part of the 
Bowdoin social scene for many years; 
however, between the 1960s and 90s they 
devolved as an institution, according lo 
Boyington Then in the mid 90s the col- 
lege instituted a major cultural and struc- 
tural change by abandoning the fraternity 
system Starting in 1997. old fraternity 
houses were purchased by the college and 
renovated into the current College Houses. 
The dedication of MacMillan marks the 
ctxnpleDon of the sixth such renovation 

Greg T. Spielberg, Bowdoin Orient 

Dean of Academic Affairs Craig McEwen, left, talks with Bruce Lawrence, center, who presented the lec- 
ture entitled "Islamic Futures — Not Fear, but Hope is the Signpost Ahead." 

Greg T. Spielberg 

Orient Staff 

The first Kenneth V. Santagata 
Lecture was held on Thursday, 
October 3. Founded in remem- 
brance of Santagata, Class of 
'73, the lecture series is intend- 
ed to promote the intellectual 
creativity and pas- 
sion for new ideas 
that Santagata 


the Signpost Ahead." 

Lawrence began with a brief 
overview of Muslim history, 
noting that Islam dominated the 
Middle East, Africa, southern 
Europe and Southeast Asia. 
While there are now SO Muslim 
polities, there are none in the G7 
(major commercial, political, 

Christianity with evangelical 
level fundamentalism," said 
Lawrence. 'The mistake is due 
to a neglect of the complex his- 
tory of interpretation and exis- 
tence of plural understanding." 

He stressed that a greater 
knowledge of Islam will under- 
mine crude stereotypes and 
replace them 

Muslim world. 

Lawrence stressed that a greater knowledge of 
Islam will undermine crude stereotypes and 
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His lecture was titled "Islamic 
Futures — Not Fear, but Hope is 

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Muslim world. 
The Duke 
professor criticized the leaders 
of failed nation-states who pro- 
vide no opportunities for their 
citizens. Consequently, a secu- 
lar vacuum is created in which 
the average Muslim is not given 
the opportunity to sustain their 

Lawrence said, "Religious 
education practice goes on in the 
name of Islam but is really for 

Lawrence called for 
the education of 
Americans in the prin- 
ciples of Islam as well 
as engagement with 
Muslims on the inter- 
national level. 

terrorism." He called for more 
Muslims to ' come forward and 
embrace the "dignity of [reli- 
gious] difference." 

"These modern Muslims do 
exist, though seldom do we find 
them as heads of states or public 
figures in today's impoverished 
and largely discouraged Muslim 

Lawrence called for the edu- 
cation of Americans in the prin- 
ciples of Islam as well as an 
engagement with Muslims on 
the international level. With few 
viable economic options, the 
political structure of failed 
Islamic states must be secularly 
influenced and Unproved. 

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Workshops preach against plagiarism 

Jen Bernstein 

Staff Writer 

To educate and enlighten students 
about the importance of academic 
integrity, Bowdoin College imple- 
mented a week long program to 
familiarize first-years with academic 
honesty issues. The Academic 
Honesty Workshop, created after 
lengthy discussions between students 
and faculty, taught first-years about 
plagiarism, source citing, and the 
consequences of failing to comply 
with such rules. The goal was to raise 
awareness, cure misconceptions, and 
ultimately, end violations of the 
Honor Code. 

Often, plagiarism arises as a result 
of ignorance. The designers of the 
Code felt that there was an urgent 
need to educate new students about 
the importance of source citing, 
among other issues. The use of the 
electronic classroom, as well as the 
collaboration between participating 
faculty members and librarians, cre- 
ated an interactive environment for 
all first-years, facilitating discourse 
between staff and students. "I think 
that these workshops will have a sub- 
stantial impact on the Bowdoin 
Community," commented senior 
Sydney Asbury, student chair of the 

"The more that issues of academic 
honesty are discussed, the more 
thoughtful students will be in doing 
their own work," agreed Jesse 
McCree '06. "If the goal was to make 
people wary of plagiarism, then I 
think the workshops were successful. 
It certainly taught me how easy it is 
to plagiarize unintentionally." 

Professor Elizabeth Muther. a fac- 
ulty participant representing the 
English department, emphasized that 
the workshops are "something that 
we have added to the Bowdoin stu- 

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Students utilize the electronic classroom in H+L during their aca- 
demic honesty workshops. 

dents' education." 

Concerning the longer lasting 
impacts of the workshops, she stated 
that this knowledge can and will be 
used "here and beyond." In the 

future, the 'academic honesty will no 
longer be limited only to first-years. 
In the works are plans for an online 
tutorial where all students can gain 
access to the same information. 

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The Bowdoin Orient 

Pin the tail on W. 

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Finances Today 

( Fourth 

ma series 


Timothy J. Riemer 


This week one of my friends, with 
whom I have a bet over the future of 
stock markct.took out his frustration 
on President Bush. 

This seems to be a common occur- 
rence lately. 

The decline in the president's 
approval rating seems to be directly 
correlated with worries over the econ- 
omy and a potential war with Iraq. 

Although his rating as of 
September 19 was in the 60s to low 
70s. depending on the poll. 1 am sure 
it has dropped since then due to fur- 
ther troubles with the stock market. 

The point that interests me here is 
whether the president actually has the 
power to move 
the economy. 
In other words, 
is President 
Bush really 
responsible for 
our economic 

Of course the 
easiest thing to 
do is to blame 
current eco- 
nomic difficul- 
ties on the pres- 
ident, but 
actions taken 
by the presi- 
dent, at least 
President Bush, 
aren't to blame 

There is a serious time lag between 
any sort of economic reform and its 
actual impact on the economy. 
Therefore it is hard to say that 
President Bush really is the cause of 
any current economic difficulties that 
we are facing In fact it is hard to 
blame any one person for the troubles 
we are having. As a matter of fact, 
many experts during the heavy stock 
market decline in July were noting the 
president's lack of power in turning 
investor confidence around. 

Furthermore. Alan Greenspan, a 
man in the position thought to have 
the most power over the status of at 
least the financial markets, if not the 
entire market, is losing the power to 
control the economy as record low 
interest rates are running out of room 
and power. The marginal effects of 
lowenng interest rates at this stage are 
greatly diminished. 

The economic troubles that we are 
currently facing are most likely the 
result of misallocation of capital 
(a.k.a. cash) during the late 1990s. 
When investors were mistakenly 
pouring hundreds of millions of dol- 
lars into areas like telecommunica- 
tions, they were not investing their 
money where they should have been. 
Hindsight is always 20-20, to use a 
cliche, but now it is very clear that 
many companies received too much 
capital and that many companies did 
not receive enough. Now that many 
companies with great potential for 
future profits are trying to raise capi- 
tal, they are having a very difficult 

t i" m e 
simply do 
not have the 
money to 
invest like 
they did 

This mis- 
of funds 
was also the 
result of 
some less 
than ethical 
and other 
deeds of 
corporate wrongdoing. These acts 
made investors think that companies 
were stronger and better than they 
actually were, and hence the money 
invested in companies like Enron and 
WorldCom is now not in the hands of 
investors when they need it. 

As much as I. and many other peo- 
ple, would like to pin the blame for 
this rather lackluster economy on 
President Bush, we simply cannot. 

However, President Bush's current 
actions will contribute to the length of 
these hard times and/or future reces- 

Economic reform, such as the 300 
dollar tax rebate that every American 
was supposed receive, in light of cur- 
rent times, might have been better 
spent in cutting this year's deficit. 

It is the decisions that President 
Bush makes now that we must be crit- 
ical of in order to secure our econom- 
ic future. 

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Is the president to blame? 


Experiencing the unexpected 

Traveling Beyond 

It's humbling yet important to real- 
ize just how little we actually know 
about the world in which we live until 
we have traveled. T.S. Eliot once 

We shall not cease from explo- 
ration. And the end of all our explor- 
ing. Will be to arrive where we start- 
ed. And 
know the 
place for 
the first 

the real 
allure of 
or East 
Asia? The 
Great Wall, 
the Thai 
and the 
are all 

and expect- 
ed when 
traveling in 

the great thing about traveling is expe- 
riencing what is unexpected. 

One of the great surprises in travel- 
ing to Beijing was that very few of the 
people we met spoke English For 
example, ordering from a Chinese 
menu in Beijing is not as easy a task as 
you might think. A restaurant filled 
with Chinese individuals virtually 
none which speak any English — 
except for perhaps one waitress taking 
English 101 at the local university — 
requires an American to be creative. 

After several unsuccessful attempts 
at various restaurants to order chicken, 
and instead ending up with an entire 
fish, alternative measures were neces- 
sary. So we took out a piece of paper, 
a pencil and put our Bowdoin educa- 
tion to work. 

When we wanted chicken, we drew 
a chicken. If we felt for some seafood, 
we would draw a fish. Pork — a pig. 
And then there was that very good 
meal we tried to order a second time 
after unexpectedly ending up with it 
the first time. That was beef with 
green peppers — we drew a cow and a 
green pepper. Needless to say, draw- 
ing somewhat helped to overcome the 
language barrier — at least enough so 

Todd Johnston 


we could eat! 

As we ventured south to Thailand, 
we encountered the capital city of 
Bangkok — a city, which is constantly 
on the move. Taxis, motorcycles, 
buses, cars, trucks, bicycles, pedestri- 
ans and of course, the "tuk tuks," 
which are motorcycles that cany pas- 

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The Great Wall of China. One student found that there was much more to East 
Asia than such great human creations as this. 

sengers in a small truck-bed in the 
back — all are moving at once, seem- 
ingly nothing could stop them. 
Except for one time during the day.' 
At 6:00 p.m. every evening, traffic 
comes to a halt, people stop what they 
are doing and everyone remains still in 
silence and respect as the Thai nation- 
al anthem plays. As it plays on care- 
fully hidden speakers, for 30 seconds 
Bangkok is calm, quiet, still and 
everything it is not during the other 23 
hours, 59 minutes and 30 seconds of 
the rest of the day. It's an amazing 
And of course, there was Vietnam. 

The most frequently asked question I 
get about Vietnam is, "How were you 
received as an American?" The 
answer I always give is, "Very well." 
Not only were the Vietnamese friendly 
toward us as American tourists, but in 
many ways they were outright kind. 

I was curious how this could be 
despite the history of the Vietnam War 
(which, by the way, they understand- 
ably call the American War). How 

could the 
from the 
be so posi- 
tive toward 
us as 

Was it the 
fact that we 
had money? 
Was it 

because we 
were very 
in a crowd 
and, as for- 
to look at? 
Was it 

because we 
were from, 
as many 
Vietnamese energetically and idealisti- 
caUycaU, "AMERICA!"?. Definitely. 
I asked a tour guide why he thought 
the Vietnamese treated Americans so 
well despite our rocky history. All he 
said was that in Vietnam they have a 
phrase that says you should not dwell 
on the past but instead think of the 
future. A welcome response — but not 
necessarily what I expected to hear. 

Such a realization makes one want 
to travel more and experience more of 
the unexpected. After all, sometimes 
you never know what you might get at 
a Chinese restaurant in Beijing — and 
that's the beauty of it! 

Maine Street vigil stands strong 

Rosalie Tyler Paul 


Since late September of last year, a 
group of Brunswick residents has gath- 
ered on the Mall once a week to stand 
for peace. Initially we came 
together in response to the 
September 1 1 terrorist 
attacks to support each other 
in that painful time, and to 
be a presence for respond- 
ing to terrorism through the rule of law 
rather than through retaliation and fur- 
ther violence. 

When the late afternoons were dark, 
we stood with candles that are power- 
ful symbols of hope and the human 
spirit. During the spring and summer 

we have held signs supporting the pos- 
sibility of peace; opposing imperialist, 
unilateral foreign policies; opposing a 
new war in Iraq. 
Our numbers have ranged from five 

When the late afternoons were dark, we 
stood with candles that are powerful 
symbols of hope and the hitman spirit. 

to 25. Some are members of Peace 
Action Maine and Women's 
International League for Peace and 
Freedom, some are i nfin b ffs of the 
Bowdom community, some are area 
church leaders, some are peopl e with- 
out a particular affiliation who care 

deeply about living for justice and sus- 
tainability. More and more people 
seem to be seeing that the Bush admin- 
istration is stirring up war fever to get 
Republican votes in November by dis- 
tracting us from the financial 
scandals of Halliburton and 
Enron et al and from the des- 
perate condition of our econ- 
omy. We invite you to join 
us on Fridays from 5:30 pjn. 
to 6:00 pjn. The home-going traffic 
slows down to read our signs. There 
are occasional catcalls, but mostly we 
get thumbs up and enthusiastic honk- 
ing. It would be great to have so many 
vigilers that we stretch the whole 
length of the Mail! 

Die} You Know... 

a yngfrninsvlilft 

Keisha Payson 


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* ~ ing paper waste, saving the college money, 

w 9 f * and protecting the environment by: 
-Printing on paper's TWO sides (college printers provide 
this option!) 

-Keep notes/memos on scrap paper rather than fresh pads 
-Don't print unnecessary e-mails 
-Use scrap paper when printing rough drafts and/or infor- 
mal papers 

-Recycle paper that has been used on both sides 
Think about this situation: A class of 20 is assigned a 10 
page paper. If the students print only on one side of the paper 
200 sheets will be used. However, that amount will be 
REDUCED to only 100 sheets if the papers are printed on both 
sides. Add these saving to four classes of 20 and 400 sheets of 
paper will be saved! 

Reports show that Bowdom reduced its paper consump- 
tion by nearly 10 percent last semester- let's keep up the 
good work* 
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The Bowdoin Orient 


October 4, 2002 

Parents weekend trips 

BOC Notebook 

( Fourth in a series ) 

Cecily Upton 


Courtesy of Cecily Upton. 
On the way to Kahtahdin...yet another beautiful view seen by BOCers. 

While the rainy weather descends 
on the Bowdoin campus, BOC mem- 
bers think back to the beautiful sun 
and radiant temperatures of last week- 
end with sighs of contentment. 

Last Friday, the Outing Club sent 
off two intense hiking trips to tackle 
sections of the Appalachian Trail. The 
Leadership Trainees explored Caribou 
Mountain and the Speckled Mountain 
Wilderness near Bethel, Maine during 
their skills weekend trip. 

This weekend is designed to teach 
future leaders proficiency in outdoor 
living and wilderness trip, leading. 
They learned, 
among other 
things, how 
to set up 
tents, use the 
stoves, navi- 
gate, pick a 
good camp- 
site, treat 
unsafe water, 
and manage a 
group of col- 
lege kids. 

A pretty 
tough job, if 
you ask me. 

provided the 
sea kayaking 
and climbing 
day trips with 
weather in 
which to 
enjoy the 
Maine coast. 
The kayakers 
left from 
Bethel Point 

and spent the day splashing about until 
it began to get a little too windy for 
comfort. They returned mid-after- 
noon in plenty of time to complete all 
their homework, as I am sure they 
needed too. 

The climbers headed up to Camden 
to enjoy the scenic climbs on the 
Camden Hills. Even though climbers 
are usually staring at the rocks in front 
of them, I hope that Sunday's tripees 
got a chance to turn around and 
admire the amazing views of 
Penobscot Bay that this climb affords. 

This weekend, the BOC trips are a 
bit different in that on Saturday your 
parents are invited too. The Outing 
Gub is sending children/parents trips 
to Morse Mountain for a short hike 
and to the Cathance River for some 

These trips are a great way to relax 
with your parents and show them the 
amazing natural beauty of the area 
surrounding Brunswick. There will 

also be a regular, student-only, sea 
kayaking trip going out on Sunday. 

This will be the last day trip of the 
season, but be sure to mark your cal- 
endars for the sea kayak overnight 
leaving on October 19. 

Our fall break trips, which leave 
next Friday, are an exciting opportuni- 
ty to spend some extended time in the 
wilderness without the pressures of 
work and school. We have three great 
trips going out for fall break: canoe- 
ing, hiking and trail building. The 
canoeing and hiking trips will be trav- 
eling to great, remote destinations. 

The service 
trip will be 
building a 
trail that is 
sure to be 
used by 
future gen- 
What a 
great way 
to give 
back to the 
ty! Sign- 
up sheets 
will be 
posted on 
and are 
sure to fill 
up fast 


BOC also 

has two 


coming up. 

At the OLC, this Saturday at 8:00 

p.m., we will be re-showing the Pre-0 

slideshow from this past summer. 

First years are encouraged to come 
and to bring their parents along to 
show them all the crazy things they 
did before officially arriving at 

On Tuesday, October 8, at 8:00 p.m. 
in the OLC, Josh Howell will be 
speaking about his adventures in Chile 
and Argentina Josh has been living in 
South America for five years and has 
recently completed a guide book to the 
area He has promised great pictures 
and crazy stories. 

Please come and bring your friends! 
- Don't forget about open pool sest 
sion for kayaking on Wednesday froc i 
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and the climb 
ing wall in Sargeant Gym, open a i 
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7.00 
p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 

• Have a great weekend and get ou4 
side! 1 

Courtesy of Cecily Upton. 

Polars bears taking a moments rest along 
the way of their trek to Kahtahdin. 

Carrying more than your bag 

Ask Dr. Jeff 

Jeff Benson, M.D. 

Dudley Coe Health Center 


Dear Dr Jeff: "I keep hearing 
about strep carriers, herpes carri- 
ers, hepatitis carriers, even menin- 
gitis carriers. What is this carrier 
business all about anyway? If car- 
riers are really infected, why don't 
they get sick? And can they get 
other people sick?" — D.G 

Dear D.G: A great many "carri- 
er" states have been identified, and 
they all involve our bodies' tolerat- 
ing an otherwise infectious agent. 
The micro-organisms involved are 
able to find safe harbor in an 
immunologically protected site. 
Strep carriers, for instance, have 
tonsils that are chronically infected 
with streptococci. Carriers' 
immune systems are unable to 
clear the bacteria, but fortunately 
they don't get sick from them 
often. They can, of course, infect 
others, who might prove more sus- 
ceptible. Antibiotics are only tem- 
porarily helpful, if at all, in sup- 
pressing the strep carrier state. 
Studies have shown carrier rates of 
up to 20 percent in most popula- 

Some carrier states are actually 
fostered by antibiotic treatment. 
Salmonella, for example, which 
cause dysentery, are almost always 
cleared by your body's own 
defenses. If treated with antibi- 
otics, however, the bacteria may 
end up in your gall bladder, beyond 
the reach of the medications and 
your immune system. You would- 
n't be ill yourself, but you would 
be shedding the bacteria in your 
stool, and putting others at risk. 

All of the herpes viruses remain 
in your body after the initial infec- 
tion. You may have developed anti- 
bodies to the vims that will protect 
you from new exposures, but you 
are stuck with the original virus for 

life. It will remain dormant in 
nerve roots around your spinal 
cord, and reactivate periodically, 
travelling back down the nerve to 
your skin. Varicella, the herpes 
virus which causes chicken pox, 
may lay dormant for decades, pro- 
tected from your immune system in 
the "sanctuary" of your nerve 
roots. If you're unlucky, it will 
reactivate, and emerge as the 
painful "shingles" of herpes zoster. 
During a zoster outbreak, you are 
highly contagious, but it would be 
chicken pox that you'd be trans- 
mitting to the non-immune. 

In this country there are an esti- 
mated l.S million Hepatitis B car- 
riers (and over 4 million hepatitis 
C carriers.) Most hepatitis cases 
are acute and resolve with protec- 
tive immunity. Up to 10 percent of 
hepatitis B infections in the U.S. 
become chronic. For some reason, 
the virus is not cleared from your 
liver, and may remain present in 
varying amounts in your body flu- 
ids, especially blood. Most carriers 
are not particularly infectious. 
Commonly available blood tests 
can determine their degree of viral 
activity and infectivity. 

Worldwide, a chronic carrier 
state for hepatitis B is very com- 
mon, and most infections are 
passed on in utero. Infant carrier 
rates in Asia, for instance, have 
been found as high as 90 percent. 
Chronic hepatitis usually remains 
dormant, but it can also activate, 
causing liver damage. 

Congenital ly acquired chronic hep- 
atitis, like some other congenital 
viral infections (e.g. Epstein Barr 
Virus), can cause cancers later in 

Some STDs have very high 
asymptomatic carrier rates. You 
might be infected with something. 

History's midpoint II 

World War 11 Series 

Q Fourth in a series ) 

Kid Wongsrichanalai 

Staff Writer 

/ saw men standing on the side- 
walks clapping their hands in a 
queer way, obviously just to be doing 
something. I saw men talking to 
themselves, walking around, stop- 
ping, looking into shop windows, 
walking again. 

For several minutes I watched an 
elderly man who stood on a deserted 
corner near the enormous and idle 
Everett Mills in the posture of an 
undotted [sic J question mark He did 
not see me. Every now and then he 
swung his arms, not because it was 
cold, but no doubt because he want- 
ed activity other than walking 
around, which he probably had been 
doing for years, in a vain effort to get 
a job. He mumbled to himself. 

Then, suddenly, he stepped off the 
curb and picked up a long piece of 
string from a pile of rubbish, and his 
big work-eager hands began to work 
with it, tying and untying it feverish- 

He worked with the strong for sev- 
eral minutes. Then he looked around 
and, seeing me, dropped the string, 
his haggard, hollow face coloring a 

little as though from a sense of guilt, 
or intense embarrassment. 

He was shaken and confused and 
stood therefor several seconds, look- 
ing down at the rubbish heap, then 
up at me. 

His hands finally dropped to his 
sides. Then his arms swung in a sort 
of idle reflex motion and he turned, 
hesitated a while as if he did not 
know where to go, and finally shuf- 
fled off, flapping his arms. 

I noticed that his overcoat was 
split in the back and that his heels 
were worn off completely. 

The situation, however, was not as 
bleak for everyone. Here was a gen- 
eration that could feel its pulse and 
deeply believed that five horrible 
years of its optimistic and idealistic 
world had been taken away by war. 

Despite the Depression, the gener- 
ation strove boldly onward. Science 
and technology had brought forth the 
automobile— the one true love of the 
decade. Between the years of 1920 
and 1929, thirty-one million automo- 

Please see TIME, page 9 

have no signs or symptoms what- 
soever, and yet be quite capable of 
unwittingly infecting someone 
else. Chlamydia, for instance, can 
be asymptomatic in 80 percent of 
infected women, and 40 percent of 
infected men. Human papilloma 
virus is thought to be harbored by 
three out of every four college stu- 
dents, and yet causes visible 
lesions in fewer than one percent. 

At any given time. 
Meningococcus (the bacterial 
cause of the rare but fulminant 
kind of meningitis) resides harm- 
lessly in the nasopharynxes of 
some IS to 20 percent of the popu- 
lation. During an outbreak, howev- 
er, carriage rates may rise as high 
as 75 percent in closed communi- 
ties such as barracks and dormito- 
ries. None of the carriers them- 
selves become ill with the infec- 
tion. The problem is simply that 
having more of the bacteria 
around, increases the chances that 
someone susceptible will be 
exposed and fall ill. The meningitis 
vaccine will not protect you from 
becoming a carrier, but it will cer- 
tainly help protect you from get- 
ting infected and sick from some- 
one else's bacteria. Remember, 
though, that even with carrier rates 
of over 40 percent, the attack rate 
is still less than 0.00033 percent. 

In fact, carrier states arc really 
far more the rule than the excep- 
tion. We are all carriers of vast 
populations of symbiotic micro- 
organisms, which generally arc 
helpful, sometimes even essential. 
The total numbers of microbes in 
our bodies greatly exceed the total 
numbers of our own cells. 

Obviously, carriage of pathogens 
is a different matter. What to do? 

First, it makes a great deal of 
sense to get vaccinated against 
vaccine-preventable infections. 
Hepatitis B vaccination, for exam- 
ple, has been universally recom- 
mended for newborns since 1991. 
and adolescents since 1996. and 
remains readily available for all. If 
you never got yours, come in to see 
us at the Health Center. In fact, we 
offer a considerable array of vacci- 
nations, and would be happy to 
discuss them all with you. 

Second, protect yourself against 
possible infections. Familiarize 
yourself with safer sex guidelines 
and universal precautions around 
blood and body fluids. Be thought- 
ful, be prepared, and be careful. 

Third, protect others against 
possible infections. Think about 
your own past exposures and pos- 
sible carrier states. Get regular 
check-ups, and get tested if appro- 
priate. We'll be glad to talk it 
through with you. 

Last, but by no means least, take 
care of yourselves. Take good care 
of yourselves! 

Jeff Benson, M.D. 
Dudley Coe Health Center 

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8" October 4, 2002 


The Bowdoin Orient 

Student voting: Candidites for Governor of Maine 

Aimee Tow 

Staff Writer 

Although November 5 may seem 
like a long time away, the candidates in 
Maine's gubernatorial race know that 
they must mobilize now in order to get 
voters to the polls. Last night 
(Thursday. October 3). the four candi- 
dates for governor gathered in Portland 
for a candidate forum on the environ- 
ment. They covered issues such as cli- 
mate change, the Maine north woods, 
and sustainable energy. 

In late September, the four 
gubernatorial candidates clearly stated 
their views using the National Political 
Awareness Test (NPAT) by Project Vote 
Smart ( 
This issue position survey asks each 
candidate a broad range of questions 
and indicates, if elected, what items 
ihcy will support, not what he or she 
opposes. All information on the follow- 
ing chart has been selected from Project 
Vote Smart National Political 
Awareness Test. For the complete sur- 
vey, visit httpy/www. 

As the election nears, each candidate 
will come out with more issue positions 
and promises about what he will do 
when becoming governor. By learning 
about the issues now, citizens will be 
able to hold candidates accountable for 
what they promised during the election. 

Mark your calendars: Election Day 
is on Tuesday, November 5. 

John Baidacci (D) 

-Abortion: Should be legal as out- 
line in Roe v. Wade 

-Government Issues: "I believe 
same sex couples should be entitled to 
hebefits as married couples and I will 
begin to work towards that goal." 

-Employment: Increase funding for 
state job-training programs that re-train 
displaced workers or teach skills need- 
ed in today's job market. Reduce gov- 
ernment regulations on private sector. 

-Affirmative action, Should race, 
ethnicity, or gender be taken into 
account in state agencies' decisions?: 
"Yes, for college, university admis- 
sions, public employment, and state 

•Environment: Promotes increase in 
alternative fuel technology. ME 
should be stricter than Bush admin. 

-Main goals: Improve economy and 
strengthen health and education of ME 

Please see the Orient online 
for a complete table of views for 
the four candidates in addition 
to statements. AH notes above 
are outlines of their comments. 

This information can be 
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-Abortion: Should be always be 
legally availiable. 

-Government Issues: Maine Gov. 
should not recognize civil same-sex 
unions and should restrict the mar- 
riage union to a man and a woman. 

-Employment: Reduce state gov- 
ernment regulations on the private 
sector to encourage investment and 
economic expansion. 

-Affirmative action. Should race, 
ethnicity, or gender be taken into 
account in state agencies' decisions?: 
"Yes, for public employment." 

-Environment: Promotes increase 
in alternative fuel technology. Use 
state funds to clean up industrial sites. 
State environmental regulations 
should not be tougher than federal 

-Main goals: Lower tax burden. 
Reorganize state government, using 
business knowledge. 

Jonathan Carter (GI) 

-Abortion Should be always be 
legally availiable. 

-Government Issues: Maine Gov. 
should recognize civil same-sex 
unions and should not restrict the 
marriage union to only one 
between a man and a woman. 

-Employment: Increase funding 
for state job-training programs that 
re-train displaced workers or teach 
skills needed in today's job market. 
Tax-credits for childcare-support- 
ing businesses. Increase state 
funds for childcare. 

-Affirmative action, Should race, 
ethnicity, or gender be taken into 
account in state agencies' deci- 
sions?: "Yes, for college, university 
admissions, public employment, 
and state contracting." 

-Environment: Promotes 

increase in alternative fuel technol- 

John Michael (I) 

-Abortion Should be always be 
legally availiable. 

-Government Issues: Maine Gov. 
should not recognize civil same-sex 
unions and should restrict the mar- 
riage union to a man and a woman. 

-Employment: 'increase funding 
for state job-training programs that 
re-train displaced workers or teach 
skills needed in today's job market. 
Reduce government regulations on 
private sector. Tax-credits for child- 
care-supporting businesses. 
Increase state funds to provide 
childcare for working families. 

-Affirmative action, Should race, 
ethnicity, or gender be taken into 
account in state agencies' deci- 
sions?: "No." 

-Environment: Promotes increase 
in alternative fuel technology. Use 
state funds to clean up industrial 

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Dust storms and capsules; an unforgettable time 

TIME, from page 7 

biles had been manufactured and in 
the decade that followed millions 
more would be sold. 

In Manhattan, the Waldorf Astoria 
opened its doors to the public in 1931 
alongside the newly christened 
Empire State Building, the tallest 
structure in the world. 

Baseball continued to be the 
favorite sport as stars such as Babe 
Ruth and Joe DiMaggio stunned 
audiences nationwide. 

Without the lavish lifestyle of the 
1920s, Americans of the 1930s 
adapted and found other ways of 
enjoying themselves. Board games 
and hobbies became popular among 
other things; miniature golf became 
widely accepted — so well, in fact, 
that the Department of Commerce 
estimated that it was a one hundred 
and twenty-five million-dollar indus- 

Comic strips like "Blondie," 
"Dick Tracy," "Prince Valian," and 
'Terry and the Pirates" brought 
adventure and laughs to Americans 
nationwide. Movie theaters also 
boomed in this era. To escape the 
reality of a depression-hit country, 
Americans flocked to movie houses 
and stared dreamily at adventures in 
far off lands. By the end of the 1930s 
it was estimated that more than SO 
million people went to the movies 
weekly. John Steinbeck remem- 

For entertainment we had the pub- 
lic library, endless talk, long walks, 
any number of games. We 
played music, sang and 
made love. Enormous 
invention went into 
our pleas- 
it r e s . 
Anything at 
all was an : 
excuse for a 
party: all 

holidays, *** 

birthdays called for 
celebration. When we felt the 
need to celebrate and the calen- 
dar was blank, we simply pro- 
claimed a Jacks-Are-Wild Day. 

There was, however, one com- 
munity, that could not afford the 
joys of celebrating any day they 
wanted — the farmers of the 
Midwest. In November of 1933, 
the first in a series of devastating 
dust storms pounded South 
Remembered one 

By mid-morn- 
ing a gale was 
blowing, cold 
and black. By 
noon it was 

blacker than night, because one can 
see through night and this was an 
opaque black. It was a wall of dirt 
one's eyes could not penetrate, but it 
could penetrate the eyes and ears and 
nose. It could penetrate to the lungs 
until one coughed up black. If a per- 
son was outside, he tied his handker- 
chief around his face, but he sill 
coughed up black; and inside the 

Courtesy of 

A digram of the resting place 
of the Time Capsule of 

house the Karnstrums soaked sheets 
and towels and stuffed them around 
the window ledges, but these didn't 
help much. ... 

When the wind died and the sun 
shone forth again, it was on a differ- 
ent world. There were no fields, only 
sand drifting into mounds and eddies 
that swirled in what was now but an 
autumn breeze. There was no longer 
a section-line road fifty feet from the 
front door. It was obliterated. In the 
farmyard, fences, machinery, and 
trees were gone, buried. The roofs of 
sheds stuck out through drifts deeper 
than a man is tall. 

From Texas to Canada, a swath of 
destruction settled upon the land. 
The "great black blizzard," which 
blocked the sun in Chicago and was 
witnessed in New York State, was a 
mere taste of the years of devastation 
to come. Thousands of farms were 
laid waste by the wrath of Mother 
Nature, who had long witnessed the 
careless destruction of the Great 
Plains. It took years and many mil- 
lions of dollars before this natural 
scrooge was finally contained. 

Yet, neither nature nor financial 
ruin could halt some who had their 
eyes not only on the distant past but 
also, still looking— like a weary 
boxer near the end of his rope— for a 
bright glimmer of hope that the 
future they had dreamed of in their 
youths would still survive. As they 
looked back five thousand years they 
also looked forward five thousand 
more. Somehow it came to be that a 
group of scientists and intellectual 
leaders got together enough funding, 
in the fall of 1938, to create what 
was known as the 'Time 
Capsule of 

With this time 
capsule, they 
hoped "that 
we might 
leave records of our 
own day for five 
thousand years hence; to a day 
when the peoples of the world 
will think of us standing at histo- 
ry's midpoint." 

Aesthetically the Time 

Capsule of Cupaloy — so named 

for it was made from the newly 

discovered copper alloy 

"Cupaloy" — looked more like it 

came from the 1960s when space 

exploration and the discovery of 

extraterrestrial life seemed not so 


The Capsule was 
seven-feet, six- 
inches long with a 
sile-shaped body. 
The alloy Cupaloy 
was supposed to 
withstand the effects of time, as its 
main component was copper. 

Inside the Capsule, there were 
placed microfilm reels of literature 
and historical records, a lady's hat, a 
safety pin, a copy of the U.S. 
Constitution, copies of newspapers, 
magazines, and a copy of the Holy 
Also included was a guide for 

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future civilizations — who were 
assumed to have moved beyond the 
use of the English language — to 
reconstruct our speech and commu- 

Finally, the Time Capsule also 
contained letters from leading men of 
the time: the Noble Prize winning 
physicist Robert A. Millikan, the 
German novelist Thomas Mann, and 
the well known theoretical physicist 
Albert Einstein. Specially sealed in 
vacuum containers, these suspended 
elements of the 1930s were placed in 
a nitrogen filling and sealed in the 

On September 23, 1938, on the 
site of the World's Fair in Rushing 
Meadows — in Queens — New York, 
the Time Capsule of Cupaloy began 
its journey, fifty feet into the ground 
and five thousand years into the 
future — not to be disturbed until the 
year 6939. 

But who would remember such a 
bold and daring endeavor by men 
who were thinking of the future and 
who were perhaps also thinking of 
the vulnerability of their times? 

Thousands of copies of The Book 
of Record of the Time Capsule of 
Cupaloy were sent to libraries and 
religious structures all over the 
world. The book, specially printed to 
be able to resist the effects of time as 
long as possible, found its way across 
the globe to Tibet where the cold 
spires of nature's own skyscrapers 
breathed a heavenly wind down upon 
man. Copies were sent to Shinto 
shrines in Japan where a powerful 
military regime was swiftly planning 
the conquest of the rest of Asia. In 
India, where religious unrest was 
overshadowed only 
by protests of colo- 
nial rule the Book of 
Record also made its 

In North America 
copies of the Book of 
Record were sent 
across the nation, 
from the Library of 
Congress to the small 
libraries in the farm- 
ing towns of 
Nebraska and North 

To New England's 
shores the book also 
came. Across the 
gray, cold beaches 
and wind swept hills 
of Massachusetts to 

the coast of Maine, where lobsters 
continued to congregate in the shal- 
low waters in the millions, the book 
traveled by post-bag or by special 

As it neared the town 
Brunswick on the Androsscoggin 
River a copy found its way to 
Hubbard Hall, that' gothic, owl-like 
building on the campus of a college 
that had been unchanged in its tradi- 
tion and its mission in decades. 
. On a clear night in the fall of 1938, 
there were lights across Bowdoin 
College as young men from all walks 
of life walked to and from the ancient 
buildings, partied in the fraternity 

Courtesy of 
The Tune Capsule of Cupaloy. 

These were the boys who had 
lived through the Great Depression 
and the boys who would lead the 
future, which had been so derailed 
from its intended glory almost forty 
of vears ago at the dawn of the new cen- 

Yet there was more derailing to do 
as the world moved on its course 
through history's intended path. 
Away from the cigarette smoke and 
the fine suits of the young men of 
Bowdoin, there was worry and con- 
cern in the midnight air. Deep in the 
ground below the World's Fair there 
was a letter from Robert Millikan 
who looked with foreboding glances 
into the dark clouds of a new world 
conflict and wrote to an audience he 
could never imagine five thousand 
years from his time: 

At this moment, August 22. 1938, 
the principle representative ballot 
government, such as are represented 
by the governments of the Anglo- 
Saxon, French, and Scandinavian 
countries, are in deadly conflict with 
the principles of despotism, which up 
to two centuries ago had controlled 
the destiny of man throughout practi- 
cally the whole of recorded history. 

If the rational, scientific, progres- 
sive principles win out in this strug- 
gle there is a possibility of a warless, 
golden age ahead for mankind. If the 
reactionary principles of despotism 
triumph now and in the future, the 
future history of mankind will repeat 
the sad story of war and oppression 
as in the past. 

houses, drank to their youth, dis- 
cussed their future, and prepared for 
whatever the world would throw at 

To Be Continued. 
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The Bowdoin Orient 


The truth about academic honesty 

The creation of m Academic Honesty Workshop for first yean 
would seem unnecessary to many. Created to raise awareness about the 
penalties for plagiarism, incorrect source citing, and other academic 
dishonesties, the workshop received mixed reviews. Some students 
felt it was necessary, or at least helpful, while others were indignant. 
But in the words of every coach on the face of this earth, "You have to 
stress the fundamentals." 

Between September 27 and September 30, three reserve CDs were 
taken from the music library. The jewel cases were returned to the 
library monitor, but they were later found to be empty. In an Orient 
interview, creators of the new workshop said, "The Honor Code is a 
fundamental part of this community, however it is rarely discussed." 
The disappearance of the reserves itself forces a dialogue. 

Bowdoin is the kind of institution students pride on being academi- 
cally casual— not in terms of intellectual ambition, but of personal 
ethics. "Cutthroat" is not even on the list of characteristics to describe 
the College's atmosphere. So it appears that the "despicable act for 
which there is no excuse" (as one music professor put it), is either 
intentional theft or a simple misunderstanding. As there is a CD burn- 
er in the library, the latter scenario is unlikely. The Academic Honor 
Code in the Student Handbook forbids "depriving learners of access, 
including computer access, to library information through intentional 
monopolization, mutilation, defacing, unauthorized removal of books 
or other materials from college libraries, or purposeful failure to return 
library materials on a timely basis." Considering the large amount of 
resources the College has for its student populace, this seems justified. 
Students and faculty are given virtually unlimited access to all of 
Bowdoins equipment, be it technological, scientific, or literary. So 

why abuse it? 

The College grants us free access to countless resources— from com- 
puters and printers to sports gear and recreational equipment. To 
exploit this privilege for one's own personal gain is not only a rejection 
of the Honor Code, but also a universal sign of disrespect to every peer. 
Continuous theft, even by only a few individuals, will inevitably 
reduce the liberties of the Bowdoin community. 

It is important that the fundamentals of the Honor Code pervade 
every part of the Bowdoin experience. Without basic civility, the 
College community will flounder in its attempts to impart honor to the 
academic atmosphere and ultimately, to the students themselves. 

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Bring back pre-season practices 

An open letter to the Presidents of all NESCAC schools 

Dear NESCAC Presidents, 

I write to you today in the 
sincere hope that you will 
consider my request for a 
brief suspension of the new 
policy, adopted just last 
week, prohibiting student- 
athletes from practicing their 
respective sports outside of 
the dates specifically man- 
dated by the Conference. 

It is not my intention, as I 
write this letter, to suggest 
"that there is anything valid or 
worthwhile about athletic 
practice in preparation for an 
upcoming season. For many 
of us, pre-scason practice 
and off-season training are 
precisely what enable us to 
improve our skills and devel- 
op our potential. 

Still, I'm sure I would be 
dismissed as ridiculous were 
I to assert any correlation 
between the level of play in 
our athletic events and the 
level of satisfaction we 
derive from them, the value 
of the lessons we learn from 
them, etc. 

May we play, in all our ath- 
letic competitions, at the 
lowest possible level, and 
may our teams be disorgan- 
ized and perpetually wind- 
ed — that's always been my 

And of course, besides 
studying for a test in one of 
our classes, what good does 
preparation do us in any of 
our endeavors here at 

Bowdoin? Surely we would 
hever encourage our musicians 
to practice their instruments 
together in the days leading up 
to a recital, and we strongly 
caution our artists against any 
sketching prior to a finished 
work, lest they develop ten- 

No, our singers just show up 
and sing, our painters mind- 
lessly hurl paint onto canvas, 
our dancers instinctively know 
all their places, and our actors 
practice their lines in utter soli- 
tude, if at all. 

So too should our athletes be, 
restricted to a minimal and 
solitary training, confined to a 
schedule of someone else's 
making, and they should lower 
their aspirations, if they ever 
had any for something so 
meaningless as an athletic sea- 

I accept this decision on 
other grounds, too! 

The decision to suspend pre- 
season practices originated at 
Colby, did it not? 

Well then, what example are 
we, as the Bowdoin communi- 
ty, supposed to follow if not 
that which is presented to us by 
the Colby community? 

I, for one, shudder to think of 
following in any other foot- 

So it is having already con- 
ceded ... no, proclaimed ! . . . com- 
plete agreement with the ban 
on all pre-season athletic prac- 
tices that I humbly ask you 
this: would it be allowable for 

my two roommates and I to 
go out on to the baseball 
field and commence defen- 
sive drills? 

We are all student-athletes 
here at Bowdoin, and we 
were all actively preparing 
for upcoming winter seasons. 

We are also all mediocre 
baseball players; none of us 
have ever played a baseball 
game here at Bowdoin. 

But, in a moment of weak- 
ness several weeks ago, we 
inexplicably sought to 
improve, and, impulsively 
(to say the least), made pur- 
chase of a videotape 
endorsed by Fred McGriff 
and entitled "Tom 

Emansky's Defensive Drills 

We ask your permission to 
use the video and see where 
it leads. 

Though the makers of this 
film claim credit as having 
produced back-to-back-to- 
back national champions at 
the AAU level, we harbor lit- 
tle hope that our practice will 
ever lead to any real achieve- 

Rest assured, it's already 
far too late for us to reach a 
high level, in the sport— 
which is not to say that we 
don't have any talent.... 

I guess we just didn't start 
practicing soon enough. 


Albert Pilavin Mayer '03 

FMLA is calling all feminists 

To the Editors: 

The stigmatism around the 
word "feminism" is very dis- 
concerting to me as a woman 
who considers herself to be a 
feminist. So many assumptions 
and misconceptions prevent 
people from being open to the 
idea of feminism. 

So I ask you, what is "femi- 
nism?" In formal terms, it is 
the policy, practice or advocacy 
of political, economic and 
social equality for women. 

Therefore, a feminist is any- 
one who believes in equality for 
all women and men. This 
means that a feminist can be 
ANYONE— man, woman, 

straight, gay, bisexual, or trans- 

A feminist is NOT strictly a 
man-hating militant running 
around burning her bra, as is 
commonly believed; and yet 
people are still hesitant to 
embrace the concept. 

So if you believe in equality, 
then I am afraid you cannot call 
yourself anything but a femi- 

nist. For those of you, women 
and men alike, who would like 
to activate your newly found, or 
seasoned, feminist side, there is 
now a group looking for you! 
It's known as the Feminist 
Majority Leadership Alliance 

The FMLA is a student-run 
organization committed to 
bringing equality and aware- 
ness to Bowdoin's campus and 
getting things done. It focuses 
on informing young feminists 
of the very real threats to abor- 
tion access, women's rights, 
and affirmative action. 

The FMLA seeks to empower 
students to effect change at the 
grassroots, national, and global 
levels in order to expand femi- 
nist choices, career options, 
women in leadership, and to 
fight the backlash on campus, 
in the community, and across 
the country using different 
types of major events as its 

Some ideas already in motion 
are "Get Out HER Vote", a 
campaign to register and mobi- 

lize voters for the 2002 elec- 
tions, as well as educating vot- 
ers about the political power of 
the gender gap, 'Take Back the 
Night'', which is done to raise 
awareness and stand up for 
those who have been sexually 
assaulted, and "Never Go 
Back", a campaign focused on 
educating people about the 
impending threat to legal abor- 
tion and the role of the Supreme 
Court in affirming or overturn- 
ing Roe v. Wade. We are also 
working on expanding health 
center hours to include the 
weekends, and making emer- 
gency contraception more 
available to students — especial- 
ly on the weekends. 

Meetings are Monday nights 
at 9 p.m. at the Women's 
Resource Center. Hope to see 
you there! 

For more information contact or 


Nicole Fava '03 

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The Bowdoin Orient 


October 4, 2002 11 

Wrestling with Iraq: Allied or Alone 1 


Allied: Bush needs the U.N. 




Iraq is a threat. Their production 
of weapons of mass destruction 
needs to stop. 

If Hussein refuses to allow unfet- 
tered access to the U.N. weapons 
inspectors, the world must take 
action. The question is how. 

While the Bush administration 
attempts to gain U.N. support for 
regime change, it shows no hesita- 
tion' to take unilateral action if its 
diplomatic effort fails. Unilateral 
military action is not the correct res- 
olution, but neither is inaction. 
Instead, the solution lies somewhere 
in between: a firm, cautious and 
considered approach to dealing with 
the flfeqi regime. 

Action without world support 
would come with serious risks. 
Aside from damaging the U.S. posi- 
tion in global politics, a war would 
cost American dollars and American 
lives. An adverse reaction from the 
Arab states could have economic 
repercussions, and could complicate 
efforts to achieve peace in Israel. A 
war might also encourage more acts 
of terrorism committed by Islamic 

Alienation of our traditional allies 
could also hurt our efforts to retain 
their assistance in the war on terror- 
ism. International support for any 
future military action we might take 
could also be jeopardized. 
I Incidentally, the American public 
is beginning to recognize the risks of 
unilateral force. A recent Gallup 
poll found that only 37 percent of 
Americans would favor such action 
without the U.N.'s expressed bless- 
ing. Close to half of Americans 
would only support action on the 
condition of U.N. support. 

Is Bush really willing to go to war 
if both the American people and the 
international community refuse to 
stand behind him? 

The way around this predicament 
is simple. Pursue U.N. approval not 
as merely the first option, but as the 
only option. 

However, this solution is not as 
simple as it may sound. Getting 
U.N. support will not be easy. 
France, Russia, and China, all of 
whom have veto power on the U.N. 
Security Council, have expressed 
their doubts. 

After Bush spent the first year of 
his administration burning bridges 
with foes and allies alike, the inter- 
national community is not yet warm 
to the idea of supporting U.S. mili- 
tary interests in the Middle East. 

There might just be a way around 

It will, however, warrant a depar- 
ture from Bush's current diplomatic 
strategy. We need to change our 
image in the world community. 

The current administration is con- 
tent to act with little regard for the 
rest of world unless we are in need 
of its help. 

Our only international overtures 
come when we expect a direct bene- 
fit in return. 

It was only after Bush needed 
worldwide assistance in the war on 
terrorism that the U.S. paid its long 
overdue debt to the U.N. 

It was not until the U.S. sought 

support in Iraq that it announced its 
re-entry into the U.N. Educational, 
Scientific and Cultural Organization 

We need a policy change so that 
we will not have to play "make-up" 
with the world every time we need 

There have been many issues of 
contention between the U.S. and the 
rest of the world in the past few 
years. The U.S. has refused to agree 
to the Kyoto Protocol on Global 
Warming, the International Criminal 
Court, and the Convention on 
Children's Rights. 

We will continue to receive an icy 
reception at the U.N. if we do not 
stop standing in the way of the 
world agenda. 

Working with our allies, rather 
than against them, will foster 
stronger relationships. 

Forming stronger relationships 
with allies will be a more effective 
way to achieve U.S. self interest 
than our current inflexible and uni- 

Granted we 
will not be 
able to trans- 
form our poli- 
cy overnight. 

At the very 
least, however, 
we should take 
steps to indi- 
cate a willing- 
ness to 
change: a will- 
ingness to 
become a 
more active 
participant in 
the United 
Nations and to 
use our 
strength to 
serve a com- 
mon good 
greater than 
our own self- 
ish interests. 

Doing so 
will not negate 
our military 
hegemony, we 
will still be the 
world's only 

The Bush 
could repair 
the damage it 
has caused 
within the 
world commu- 
nity and put 
together a 
strong interna- 
tional coalition 
to topple 

Hussein if he 
fails to accept 

Doing so 
would require 
Bush to make 
the right 


If he does 
not, he will 
have to 

accept the 
ing conse- 
quences of 

Alone: We are still a sovereign nation 




In the debate over whether the 
U.S. should invade Iraq, the ques- 
tion of U.N. approval is perhaps the 
least important. Well, it's probably 
more important than Barbara 
Streisand's opinion, but not much. 

First and foremost, the United 
States is a sovereign nation, and as 
such, it has every right to act alone 
in the manner it deems fit to serve 
its national interest. 

The decision to attack should not 
be made lightly. We must consider 
factors such as casualties, post- 
Hussein politics, financial cost to 
the U.S., Hussein's access to 
weapons of mass destruction, and 
dozens of other issues. 

Whether or not attacking will 
damage relations with our "allies" is 
another consideration and should be 

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part of the equation, but only in how 
military action relates to our nation- 
al interest, not theirs. 

The most important argument to 
make against the need for U.N. 
approval is that the U.N. is not a 
selfless organization where whole- 
some leaders of all the world's 
countries put aside petty differences 
in order to commit themselves to 
the goodness of the people of the 

All sorts of odious characters are 
represented in the U.N., in fact, they 
are over-represented. The U.S. was 
kicked off the U.N. Human Rights 
Council two years ago in favor of 
Sudan, a country that has yet to 
abolish slavery. 

The most vicious and immoral 
dictators, dressed up as Heads of 
State, love the U.N. because it gives 
them an international forum in 
which to be heard, despite the fact 
that any decent person knows the 
world would be a better place if 
these thugs were shot on sight. 

i i i With no 

fl real stan- 
dards for 
ship, and 
such a wide 
display of 
tives, the 
U.N. can- 
not be the 
Alpha and 
Omega of 
al relations. 
Sure, the 
U.N. does 
some good 
(feeding the 
etc.) but in 
terms of 
action, who 

Hussein to 
the world 
with mush- 
room clouds 
because the 
U.N. would 
not approve 
an attack 
would be a 

because the 
U.N. does 
some good 
things does- 
n't mean all 
their actions 
are right or 

hospitals (a 
good thing), 
just as they 
Jewish chil- 
dren in 



pizza parlors (a bad thing). Do their 
better actions give them legitimacy? 

That approval or disapproval of 
various U.N. members will be based 
on the same sense of selfishness that 
characterizes all actions of all 

Why is it considered more moral 
to request U.N. approval for action 
when approval will still be based on 
self interest, only of different coun- 
tries, most of whom will not be 
involved in the fighting? 

Why would France's approval 
make an attack more moral? France 
is against attack because they have 
billions of Euros tied up in oil con- 
tracts with Saddam's Government. 

Why would Russia's approval 
make an attack more moral? 
Russia's self interest is in securing 
the eight billion in debt that Iraq 

Why would China's approval 
make an attack more moral? 

China's interests concern main- 
taining a strangle hold over its pop- 
ulation, shutting down free press, 
forcing abortions on women with 
more than one child and imprison- 
ing dissenters. 

So, hypothetically, what would be 
the benefit of U.N. approval? 
Photo-ops of all the countries flags 
flying together? Praise from the 
New York Times, Guardian and 
Mirror for having gone through 
with the UN? Doubtful. 

Military help from most other 
countries would be more trouble 
than it's worth, and the only coun- 
tries that could make a difference 
(Britain and Israel) have already 
said they would support us anyway. 
Saudi Arabia said that they would 
let us use our air base stationed 
there if the U.N. gave its approval, 
but the U.S. is already setting up 
shop in Qatar instead. 

The composition of the U.N. 
Security Council, that conglomera- 
tion of permanent countries that has 
veto power over any U.N. action, is 

Britain and France were only 
included because of their pre- W Wl I 
empires, and Russia only because of 
its post-WWII power. 

Were the U.N. formed today, it 
would look quite different. France's 
big contribution to the world today 
is fine wine, and Russia has the eco- 
nomic might of the Netherlands. 
The United States, China, and pos- 
sibly Britain are the only Security 
Council countries that could make a 
strong claim to continued member- 
ship. ^ W 

The need Tor approval from other 
countries has to be balanced with 
the need for America to act in its 
own interest with an eye to the fact 
that the vast majority of the mem- 
bers of the U.N. are not countries 
that we should ever give considera- 
tion to in terms of shaping our poli- 

If Kofi Annan, Gerhard Schroder, 
or Jacques Chirac wants to be the 
Neville Chamberlain of the twenty- 
first century, proclaiming war 
unnecessary, and "peace for our 
time" under the flag of the U.N., 

But just as the world should have 
done in 1938, the U.S. should 
ignore them and do as Winston 
Churchill said, and fight "to outlive 
the menace of tyranny, if necessary 
for years, if necessary alone." 



12 October 4, 2002 


The Bowdoin Orient 

Stargazing from 
Bowdoin's quad 




"We are all in the gut- 
ter, but some of us are 
looking at the stars." 
■ Oscar Wilde 

This is the last Parents Weekend I 
will enjoy at Bowdoin College with 
my family, and it seems only yester- 
day that it was my first. Four years 
are but a blink in the wrinkle of time 
here. Years of preparation for col- 
lege, four years of Bowdoin, and a 
lifetime of opportunity suddenly 
blend themselves together this week- 
end. Bowdoin is a crossroads, and it 
is at this crossing that I now find 

The quad — where all walkways 
cross on campus — has always been 
my favorite place at Bowdoin, and 
autumn, in jealous defiance of sum- 
mer, entices the leaves to turn their 
most brilliant colors. 

As a salute to a pleasant summer, 
and a welcome to a long winter, the 
quad dresses itself well for Parents 
Weekend. But while autumn and the 
quad's brilliant colors are beautiful, 
they will not be the only things dis- 
cussed this weekend as current 
events shape our futures. 

We, as students, face an uncertain 
time upon graduation. The world, no 
longer as stable and predictable as it 
once may have been, breaks the 
Bowdoin bubble, and soon we sen- 
iors will find ourselves amidst a 
world in which change and unpre- 
dictability rule the day. Not since the 
Cold War have we found ourselves 
residents of a nation in which politi- 
cal fray and economic insecurity 
headline the news daily. More and 
more of our own population, and the 
world's population, are finding them- 
selves in the gutter. Fewer and fewer 
are realizing that there is a sky full of 

Bowdoin has trained us all very 
well to recognize those stars, to pick 
out the bright ones and shoot straight 
for them. 

If there is one positive thing in a 
changing world, it's that each of us — 
the young and enthusiastic — can 
impact the world in any way in 
which we imagine. The world begs 
for us to burst the Bowdoin bubble, 
and with that, to bring to the world 
energy and ideas that will make the 
starry night a little clearer for every- 
one in this world. 

1 owe all my success and opportu- 
nity to my family, and if there is one 
certain thing in this world, it is that 
family will always be the most criti- 
cal, influential, and important aspect 
of our lives. 

If nothing else. Parents Weekend 
celebrates that importance. But 
implicit in that celebration is that 
family will guide our decisions 
throughout our lives. By that charac- 
teristic Bowdoin is itself a family. At 
a crossroads or not, our Bowdoin 
education will serve us all well in 

No matter which path I choose to 
take on the quad this year, I am very 
thankful that my family showed me 
the stars at a very young age. 
Bowdoin made them a whole lot 
brighter, and it is up to me — to all of 
us — to keep looking up. 

We may be expecting winter up 
here in Maine as autumn's crisp air 
paints the quad and winter's darkness 
looms near, but darkness brings stars, 
and, well, stars are what we're look- 
ing for. 

Conversation and communion 




"Is it me," my friend asked the 
other day, "or are people less friend- 
ly this year than they were last year?" 

I don't really have an answer to 
that question. 

Generally speaking, one of 
Bowdoin's virtues is that it is filled 
with friendly people. 

I was once told last year that soph- 
omore year is the hump year in col- 
lege, because it is characterized by 
this in-between state of everything 
no longer being new, and by prepar- 
ing to go abroad. I don't know if dis- 
enchantment is the right word for 
that state, but it is what I felt when I 
walked into the dining hall for my 
first meal back on campus. 
Everything was the same. 

I don't really know that I had 
expected anything to change. I hadn't 
really thought about it. But it was one 
of those "Oh, my God, I'm here, 
again," moments. 

It really isn't that people are less 
friendly, it is that I'm tired of the 
superficiality and artificiality of the 
generic "What's up? How are you?" 
conversations that unequivocally fail 
to move me in any way. I wouldn't 
even call those encounters conversa- 
tions except mat they are practically 
the only manner in which we choose 
to interact with each other. 

A conversation is an exchange. It 
is a force. It is a gift, and it is one of 
the biggest voids in this community. 
We don't have time for it, or we don't 
have the energy to invest in it. And 
we don't even know how much that 
loss imposes upon us, how much it 
drains us. 

Last night I listened to a friend 
describe what he calls the "warm 
fuzzies" as that moment when you 
are entirely conscious of someone 
doing something for you that they 
don't have to be doing: at the super 
market, when someone bags your 
groceries, at a shoe store when the 
salesman laces your shoes, in Smith 
Union when you drop a book and 
someone picks it up for you. . 

As he described the "warm 
fuzzies," I watched him smile, 

invested in the possibilities that other 
people have to change our lives. 

And I smiled. I'm still smiling, in 
fact, because that moment was a 
"warm fuzzy" for me. That 
exchange, that interaction, that 
moment held more power than most 
of what I have lived in the past 
month, because it was genuine; it 
was real, and it was so simple. 

In a world in which we are always 
striving for bigger and better, the 
most fundamentally human interac- 
tion, the most overlooked and forgot- 
ten moments of connection and com- 
munion sustain us in ways that we 
are too busy to notice, too driven to 
believe in, too shy or too conditioned 
to know how to ask for. 

I don't know how to change the 
way we live, so that we have to stop 
and see the treasury of the possibili- 
ties. I 

I don't know how to make you 
believe what I've just written, except 
that I know that the only existing per- 
fection is momentary, and it defends 
entirely on our ability to connect, to 
converse, to communicate with each 
other in the most basic and human 
ways we know. 

Performing an endless dress rehearsal 

Lara Jacobs 

Staff Writer 

We spend much of life preparing 
for what's still to come. Childhood, 
especially, is all about what's next — 
be it solid foods, third grade, or 
applying for college. 

Growing up as an "old soul," I 
often had more in common with 
Austen's Lizzy, Bronte's Charlotte or 
Alcott's Jo than any of my fellow 
ninth graders, instilling in me a ten- 
dency to look ahead; because, to be 
honest, I wasn't really enamored 

with the here and now. 

My focus was always on the 
future — middle school, high school, 
and finally college, always conscious 
of the next peak to climb rather than 
the view from where I was. After 
four years of high school prep, SATs, 
French and of physics, Bowdoin was 
supposed to be the moment when the 
curtain would finally rise on the 
show of my life — the perpetual dress 
rehearsal would finally end. 

After the first week, however, I 
began receiving emails from the 
Career Planning Center and pam- 
phlets in my mailbox about studying 
abroad which all seemed more like 
my previous years of rehearsal for 
something in the distance, not the 

performance of my first act. 

Suddenly college didn't feel like 
the destination I thought it would be 
looking ahead all those years, but 
rather like one more stop along the 
way, not the moment but one of 
many — as the movie Amilie reminds 
us, life is but a dress rehearsal for a 
show that will never play. 

I realized this for the first time; 
like Gatsby, remaining fixed on my 
green light, the present moment will 
lie just out of reach. 

Life is about change, evolution, 
perpetual morion — there will always 
be a next act; graduate school, a 
Ph.D., a first job, a promotion, a fam- 
ily, and so on. 

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morning runs to train for the 
marathon, the five drafts of the short 
story rather than the final products 
that determine how we spend each 
moment, and ultimately how we live 
our lives. 

We are the stars, directors, produc- 
ers, and writers of our own dress- 
rehearsals — if we live life well we 
never complete the rehearsal, we 
never make it to the show, because 
we are constantly altering the 
script — evolving emotionally, adding 
and subtracting characters, changing 
the scenery, and ultimately discover- 
ing ourselves. 

In the end there is no final product, 
no culminating performance of the 
drama known as life. We are not stat- 
ic beings and as a result the here and 
now is but one more act of the dress 
rehearsal, one more moment not "the 
moment", one more chance to live, 
just not our first or last. 

So if you find yourself walking 
across the crisp leaves beginning to 
fall on the quad this October, remi- 
niscing about summer, last year, or 
even yesterday, you fee) like you're 
not yet where you thought "you'd 
be — like your curtain still hasn't 

Shift your focus to the present and 
remember that where you are now, 
the dress-rehearsal, just might be the 
performance of a lifetime. 

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October 4, 2002 13 

Three reasons why Guns N' Roses will never go out of style 

Macaela Flanagan 

Staff Writer 

As if you need someone to tell 
you that Guns N' Roses is one of the 
best things ever to happen to the 
music industry. But just in case you 
do, read on. 

Here are three reasons, in no par- 
ticular order, why we all need a lit- 
tle GNR in our lives.... 

Reason #1: "Nightrain." 
Everyone sings about sex, drugs, 
and rock and roll. Not everyone 
sings about the cheapest wine avail- 
able for purchase (about 

Next time you're sheepishly car- 
rying a bottle of boxed wine to the 
check-out aisle, just think, "Hey, it 
could be a lot worse. I could be buy- 
ing Nightrain." 

Unfortunately, I have never tried 
the Train myself. However, if AxTs 
testimony of "been drinkin' gaso- 
line" is at all accurate (Nightrain is 
17.5 percent alcohol), perhaps it is 
wisest to leave the Train to the mas- 

Reason #2: Welcome to the 
Videos. If you've never seen 
Welcome to the Videos, I suggest 
you trot to Bull Moose right now 
and get yourself a copy. This VHS 
release includes a wide selection of 
GNR's videography, an impressive 
collection, if I do say so myself. 

There are many reasons why to 
add this to your rotation, but one of 
the most convincing is the Gary 
Oldman look-alike in "Since I 
Don't Have You." How often do 
you get to see GNR and a devil-clad 
Gary Oldman? Never. This is pure 

As if that wasn't enough to send 

you straight to the video store. 
Welcome allows us to watch the 
cake-diving scene in "November 
Rain" as many times as we please. 

And Axl adorers, never fear, there 
is enough big hair and skin tight 
spandex for all. 

Reason #3: Slash. As badass as 
Axl wants to be, he'll never quite 
live up to the enigma that is other- 
wise known as Slash. Perhaps this 
is why Axl tries to compensate by 
wearing such tight pants. Perhaps 
Slash's cool confidence was too 

much for Axl and led to the untime- 
ly demise of GNR. Part screaming 
guitar viciousness, part misunder- 
stood loner — Slash is in a class of 
his own. 

So you see, GNR is one of the 
late 80s/early 90s essentials. 

One of my first GNR memories is 
buying a copy of Use Your Illusion 
I and having my parents confiscate 
it because of that obnoxious 

Or of course there were all those 
times at the summer fairs, listening 

to hours of back to back GNR and 
Aerosmith. If you are from Maine, 
chances are you know what I am 
talking about. 

My fair of choice was the Union 
Fair, like other fairs it was fully 
equipped with lots of camies, mul- 
lets, excessive use of the butterfly 
clip, and homemade tattoos. And 
you simply cannot have these things 
without GNR. 

Guns N' Roses have influenced a 
generation with their bad boy style 
and energetic music. I would dare 

say that the opening of "Sweet 
Child O' Mine" is one of the most 
recognizable melodies in rock his- 
tory. I would also bet that half of 
the Bowdoin College student body 
experienced their first kiss while 
listening to "November Rain" (or 
maybe "Stairway to Heaven," but 
that is another article in itself). 

Call them crude, call them a hair 
band, but it must be agreed that all 
of our lives would be missing a lit- 
tle something had Guns n' Roses 
never invaded our radios. 

Poetry, Bates College, and the glory of tofu ravioli 

Rachel Kennedy 

Staff Writer 

My mission was a simple one: 
drive my ass to Bates College, 
assess the scene, and sample a bit 
of the flava': a poetry reading by 
Carl Dennis, 2002 Pulitzer Prize 
winner for Practical Gods. 

What is Practical Gods, I won- 

Pulling up to campus, I immedi- 
ately found a visitor parking spot. 
"Money!" I declare in my some- 
what empty Subaru. "Money," I 
repeat softer. 

I'm an hour early for the English 
Department's gala — the cushion of 
time I allotted to calmly find Chase 

Ah, I think, there I go again — 
always thinking. 

But unfortunately for bizarrely 
punctual me, my lucky parking 
spot is just a few steps from Chase 


While walking up those glorious 
Chase Hall stairs — slowly, very 

slowly — my small talk with a cus- 
todial-type reveals a juicy bit of 
gossip-worthy material. Alas, this 
blue-clothed hero is an ex- 
Bowdoin employee. 

"Oh," I inquire wickedly, "real- 

My hero is handy with a mop, 
superb with a vacuum, and has a 

across the door reads "Women." I 
open the door. I am alone — and 
it's wonderful, absolutely grand. 

I meet my hero again with a 
fresh face and an empty system. 
The world is my oyster; Chase Hall 
is mine. 

Taped to the off-white walls arc 
neon pink, yellow, and blue flyers 

"Til hold on to your vodka for ransom!' I hear one 
Batesie tell another. I smile — how could I not?" 

dreamy North Carolina accent. 
Today he resides in Sabattus, 

Marvelous, but can he tell me 
where the bathroom is? 

This is, of course, the ultimate 
test. There are no second chances. 
I'm generous, it's true, but I'm not 
that giving. 

"Down the steps, go through the 
doors, and it'll be on your right," 
he says. 

I devour his words and speed to 
the location. The black plastic bar 

inviting lazy Bates students to get 
off their asses for once and some- 
thing. Our flyers provide pockets 
of rich information for the already 
active, always inquisitive Bowdoin 
student.. .of course. 

"I'll hold your vodka for ran- 
som!" I hear one Batesian tell 
another. I smile — how could I not? 

So here I am waiting for 8 -p.m. 
to roll around the corner. I'm tired 
and hungry, dreaming of 
Bowdoin's tofu ravioli. 

By the time it's actually 8 p.m. 

my stomach is growling; I reach in 
my backpack for some Big Red. 

Cinnamon gum can never 
replace tofu, please note. 

To my surprise and merriment. 
the poetry reading is absolutely 
amazing. I cry. 

Well that's a lie, actually; I 
haven't shed a tear since 1989. But 
I'm so moved I wish I could. 
Dennis is profound — at times seri- 
ous, at time teasing. Poems like 
"Jesus Freak," "Candles." and 
"The God who loves you" are quite 
good. So good I wish I had written 

I write a seventeen dollar check 
for his book after the reading, and 
manage to sneak a few words in 
with Bates' writer-in-residence. 

I wish I could stay, wish the 
whole thing wouldn't come to an 
end.. .wish I could find the damned 
bathroom again. 

Okay, so Bates was cool, I think 
while driving home. I pause and 

But do they have tofu ravioli? 


What is the first question your parents 

will ask you this weekend? 

Roger Burleigh '06 

"Where did you get 
your piercings?" 

Christine Bevacqua '04 

"Where's that Perry 

Como album we 

gave you?* 

Chris Blodgett '06 

"Whose bra is that 
on your floor?" 

Ana Brito Conboy '04 

"How does your 

roommate live 

with you?" 

Ryan Gillia '04 

"So.'s the 
pale ale?" 

Emily GVmick '06 

"Have you 
gained weight?" 

Cory Hiar '05 

"Where's Bowdoin?' 

Alex Smith '06 

Chad Pelton '04 

"Have you tried any "What's that smell in 
hallucinogenic your room?" 

drugs lately?" 

F4 Vivas '04 

"My parents aren't 
coming, asshole." 

< Daniel Herzberg and MatTBoT 

14 October 4, 2002 

-— . «- v..v_, and 


The Bowdoin Orient 

Thomas Cornell named Steele Professor of Studio Art 

Macaela Flanagan 

Staff Writer 

On Tuesday night. Professor 
Thomas Cornell was named the 
Richard E. Steele Professor of 
Studio Art. an honor given in 
appreciation for his forty years 
of developing the visual arts pro- 
gram at Bowdoin. Applauding 
the event was a large audience of 
Bowdoin students and faculty 
alike. All gathered in Kresge 
Auditorium to hear Cornell speak 
and present slides of his artwork. 

Cornell's art addresses issues 
of social justice. He challenges 
artists of today to forget the self- 
absorption that has marked the 
art world of the twentieth centu- 
ry, encouraging them to confront 
the social issues of today. His 
inaugural lecture, entitled "On 
'Nature' and Good'-An Artist's 
Reconciliation of Aesthetics and 
Ethics," included a quick tour 
through his years of work as an 
artist and a look at his interest in 
how art responds to the world at 

Cornell's earliest work con- 
centrated on etchings and sketch- 
es. These detailed etchings show 
his immense interest in the 
organic quality of nature. His 
first publication, entitled The 
Monkey, featured similar materi- 
al, focusing on evolution, a 
process that Cornell sees as a 
bridge between society and 

A publication on Frederick 
Douglass, which Cornell admit- 

Karsten Moran. Bowdoin Orient 

After being named the Richard E Steele Professor of Studio Art, Thomas Cornell gave a lecture entitled "On 'Nature' and 'Good'-an Artist's 
Reconciliation of Aesthetics and Ethics." He also presented slides of his own work from a collection called the "Bather $0468." 

ted was not an easy thing to 
accomplish during a time of 
racial turmoil, dealt more direct- 
ly with his interest in civil liber- 
ties. Further integrating his art 
with social issues was his 1969 
triptych entitled The Dance of 
Death. This massive work was a 
response to the war in Vietnam. 

To conclude his lecture, 
Cornell focused on the "Bather 
Series." He showed the audience 
multiple versions of these classi- 
cal style paintings and discussed 
them. One of the primary con- 

cerns here was, once again, pro- 
moting racial equality. 

Several other themes that 
Cornell's art has explored were 
highlighted here: the healthy and 
happy relationships between 
family members, especially 
between fathers and their chil- 
dren. Cornell also focuses on 
an acceptance of nature's power 
over human life. These major 
themes run through Cornell's 
body of work. 

Recognition of Cornell's talent 
extends far beyond the Bowdoin 

campus. He has been the recipi- 
ent of many prestigious awards 
including a National Foundation 
of the Arts and Humanities 
Fellowship, a Fullbright Grant, a 
Pollock-Krasner Foundation 
Grant, and a Louis Comfort 
Tiffany Award. Before joining 
the Bowdoin faculty he taught at 
the University of California at 
Santa Barbara and Princeton 
University. On campus, he cur- 
rently instructs the Painting II 
and Printmaking II courses every 

The sizeable audience in 
Kresge represents the apprecia- 
tion that Bowdoin feels for 
Cornell, and rightfully so. 
Thomas Cornell was Bowdoin's 
first full-time visual arts profes- 
sor. His concerns for justice and 
harmony spread far beyond the 
borders of art, and his influence 
can be felt in many departments 
across campus. 

However, his works and their 
social messages reach far beyond 
the Quad and into museums and 
galleries across the nation. 

No more Happy Days 

Gyllian Christiansen 

Staff Writer 

I never watched Happy Days. The 
opening theme music so irked me 
that 1 could never make it through 
one of those reruns. Even so. at the 
start of the one woman show "A 
Lovely Light." I immediately recog- 
nized Marion Ross, little Richie 
Cunningham's TV-land mother. On 
Monday night in Kresge auditorium. 
Ross look on the role of Edna St. 
Vincent Millay. The play, written by 
Dorothy Stickney, draws most of its 
dialogue from Millay's own poems 
and letters. 

Unfortunately. Marion Ross' per- 
formance was not up to par. She 
seemed tired or, at the very least, dis- 
tracted. I'll admit I was also distract- 
ed, by her choice to spend the per- 
formance draped in what was essen- 
tially a black, shapeless, crushed vel- 
vet ensemble. The dramatically 
wide scoop neck meant that it could 
only be compared to the curtain 
throws used to make all females in 
high school yearbook photos look 
homogeneously attired. The reason I 
mention this is that it was so 
grotesquely unflattering that it prac- 
tically overshadowed the first act. 

Besides this aesthetic detraction. 
Ross stumbled over the order of her 
lines, and the emotional arc of her 
performance felt forced. At times, 
she almost seemed to be hopscotch- 
ing her way through the transitions, 
jumping from the "naive Edna" 

square to the "coy and feisty Edna," 
then one square up for a monologue 
spent as "earnest Edna"- and then 
back to coy once more. But while I 
was repeatedly jolted out of the show 
by these visible mechanics, this is 
not to say it was an unsuccessful 
evening. In fact, quite the contrary, 
as the audience seemed to be enjoy- 
ing themselves immensely. They 
loved the references to Millay's 
Camden, Maine upbringing, and her 
own self-promoting humor. And 
Ross did a beautiful job of present- 
ing the subtleties of growing maturi- 
ty as Millay aged throughout the 

Ross has an impressive stage pres- 
ence, and she obviously knew her 
audience. Even when she seemed to 
stumble, she always managed to 
elicit a satisfied giggle or knowing 
sigh from the crowd. 

The play itself is a fairly straight- 
forward effort, but does an even job 
of drawing themes from Millay's life 
out of her poetry. Millay's poems are 
inherently fun, with their indulgent 
and unapologetic rhyming, and their 
subject matter which leaps from the 
trifling to the titanic with ease. They 
help the play to revel in decadent 
nostalgia and romanticized images 
of artistic poverty — all of which 
lends itself quite well to this kind of 
evening. As does, I'm sure, Marion 
Ross — most of the time. 

Tuxedo doesn't suit Jackie 




Last weekend I, Monica Guzman, 
wannabe film critic and lover of all 
that is artful and good, saw The 
Tuxedo, the latest Jackie Chan film. 

Why? Well, because it was either 
that or Reese Witherspoon's Sweet 
Home Alabama. And when you're 
stuck between cheesy action and 
cheesy chick flick, and you happen to 
be going with two guys, the choice is 
quite clear. 

The important thing to note is that 
I didn't go to this expecting it to be 
any good. In fact, I expected it to be 
pretty bad. I came prepared. But 
even with that generous standard, I 
was still disappointed. Yeah, I know 
what you're thinking. I'm just a 
picky fUmgoer who only likes Best 
Pictures and doesn't know how to sit 
back and have fun. Boo-hoo. 

But I realiy was just looking to 
have fun-honest. After all, when you 
know a film's got no artistic quality, 
entertainment's die only thing it has 
to go on. Thrills, chills, 
laughs— sure, they're fleeting with- 
out meaning to hold them up, but not 
entirely worthless. 

The Tuxedo is Jackie Chan's usual 
ordinary-guy-turns-hero story of 
yore. Tong, James Tong, a New York 
City cab driver, is hired as chauffeur 

Jackie Chan takes a smooth ride in his new film Tuxedo. 
Unfortunately, the film fails to deliver the typical Chan punch. 

to Clark Devlin, a Bonchsh secret 
agent working for the government, or 
something. When a car bomb puts 
Devlin out of service, Tong takes 
over his identity to find the bad guy, 
and in the process puts on Devlin's 
tuxedo, a body-invading high-tech 
fighting machine. So with that, he 
pairs up with Del Blaine (Jennifer 
Love Hewitt?!) and stumbles his way 
to victory. There is more to 
this — something about a spring water 
CEO wim a spir ati on s of world 

ination, and then some killer water 
striders-but we don't need to get into 

So why wasn't it fun? Well, 
because it was stupid. 

First stupidity: sucky fight scenes 
in a Jackie Chan film. I mean, come 
on. You'd think they'd work a little 
harder with the choreography. 
Kicking butt in style is what this guy 
does best (and acting is what he does 

Please see TUXEDO, page ll 

The Bowdoin Orient 

Arts and Entertainment 

October 4, 2002 


Painting outside the bubble 

Sara Bodnar 

Staff Writer 

* m<fr& extfbHs mm* fte eowi- 
lf> art displaying the went of 
Bowdoin art professors. Murals, 
paintings, photographs, and sculpture 
are turning heads in big cities and 
small coastal towns, proving that the 
talent of our art faculty reaches an 
impressive range of audiences all 
over the nation. 

Painter and art professor Mark 
Wethli is currently exhibiting his 
work in the "Past Present Future" 
exhibit at the Center for Maine 
Contemporary Art in Rockport, 
Maine. Wethli adorned one of the 
gallery's alcoves with a colorful geo- 
metrical mural titled "Transept." 

With its colors inspired by renais- 
sance frescoes, this multihued paint- 
ing gives the enclosed area the feel- 
ing of a chapel. 

Though "Transept" will be taken 
off the gallery walls when the show 
ends on Saturday, October S, Wethli 
is not discouraged by his piece's 
short-lived existence. "When people 
experience the piece, they know it is 
a temporal experience," said Wethli. 
"Part of the beauty is that it's not 
frozen in time." 

In the future, Wethli's work will 
grace the walls of other galleries as 
well. On October 12, he will fly out 
to the opening of "Structure and 
Situation," an exhibit in Los Angeles, 
that will display one of his paintings. 
This spring, Wethli is planning some- 
thing closer to home: a mural for the 
Portland Museum of Art. 

Other professors in the visual arts 
department are also exhibiting their 

Courtesy of Mark Wtthli and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art 

"Transept," by Professor Mark Wethli, is a mural in "Past, Present. 
Future,'' an exhibit in Rockport, Maine that also features sculptures 
by_ Professor John Bisbee 

work around the country. Professor 
John Bisbee has a show in New York 
City and, in addition, his sculptures 
are on display in Rockport, Maine, 
joining Wethli's mural at "Past 
Present and Future" at the Center for 
Maine Contemporary Art. 

Painting professor Jim Mullen is 
breaking through the New York City 
art scene as well. His work is fea- 
tured in a group show at "The 
Painting Center." His paintings are 
also featured in an exhibit at Saco Art 

Gallery; as are photographs by 
Professor of Photography Mike 

Even exhibits in the Midwest con- 
tain work by the Bowdoin art faculty. 
Painting and drawing professor 
Colleen Kiely currently has a show 
in Chicago. Kiely's work is also part 
of a group show in Lincoln, 
Massachusetts, proving that both 
near and far, Bowdoin art professors 
are making their mark. 

Close Calls on stage 

Gyllian Christiansen 

• Staff Writer 

"I mean, it's not 'Riverdance,'" said 
Gretchen Berg of "Close Calls & 
Near Misses," a faculty dance per- 
formance that went up last weekend 
in the Wish Theater. The show fea- 
tured a modern dance trio: Gretchen 
Berg, Gwyneth Jones and Paul 
Sarvis, three members of the 
Bowdoin faculty. 

Through pose, play and repetition. 
Berg, Jones and Sarvis explore the 
physical language of calls and near 
misses. They pause and reflect upon 
what a close call can 
invoke, even years 
later when it has 
become clouded injhe 
detachment of a well- 
worn, oft told, favorite 
story. More than any- 
thing, "Close Calls & 
Near Misses" is about 
storytelling. ft is 
about employing all 
the tools available to a 

Having worked , ... 

together for more man the talking, 
IS years, Berg, Jones, 
and Sarvis began col- , 
laboraung long before any of them 
had become Bowdoin faculty mem- 
bers. Before arriving on campus, 
they ran dancing workshops and 
gave special presentations across the 
country, one of which was "Museum 
Pieces," a show that took place at the 
Museum of Fine Aits in Boston. 

The trio attributes their collabora- 

tive longevity to the process of cre- 
ation that they employ in their art. 
"We generally start with a theme, or 
an idea," said Berg. "We all write 
about what it means to us, and how 
we see it What we do is very much 
a collaboration," Through this col- 
laborative method, their work has 
"become more and more abstract, 
veering closer to the edge of per- 
formance art and non-narrative the- 

The narrative elements of the pro- 
duction are skeletal, almost teasing. 
They lay out stories, and the trio is 
determined to let 
movement do the 
talking. At just 
under 35 minutes, 
and with three 
skilled and inde- 
pendent perform- 
ers often occupy- 
ing the stage 
the production 
captures the 
whirlwind of near 
misses and close 
calls. Berg, Jones 
and Sarvis 

explore the 

near misses that never 
make it into our storytelling. They 
are interested in what occurs when 
our backs are turned, wanting to 
examine the different ways a close 
call can present itself, be it a falling 
anvil or merely a doomed relation- 

The narrative 
elements of the 
production are 
skeletal, almost 
teasing* They lay 
out stories, and the 
trio is determined 
to let movement do 


To attack Iraq? 


Meredith Hoar 

Staff Writer 

Seated on uMes, the floor, or 
eve* striding, students and other 
members of the Bowdoin commu- 
nity crowded into Quinby this 
Wednesday to hear Professor Allen 
Springer lead this week's edition of 
the Quinby House Discussion 
Series. Springer, who is the cur- 
rent chair of the Department of 
Government and Legal Studies, 
spoke on "To Attack Iraq?: The 
International Legal Issues." 

For the benefit of those in the 
crowd unfamiliar with internation- 
al law. Springer began with a dis- 
claimer. "If you want an answer to 
'Would an attack on Iraq be legal?,' 
well, you're not going to get an 
answer to that," warned Springer. 
"International law is seldom as 
precise as you'd want it to be." 

Springer explained a number of 
potential ways that the United 
States and United Kingdom might 
approach the international commu- 
nity, including the United Nations, 
on the Iraq question. 

"Among governments, there are 
few who see Saddam [Hussein] as 
a desirable figure," said Springer. 
However, just because these gov- 
ernments would be glad to see 
Saddam gone, they "are concerned 
about the 'how' question" and the 
implications that that an interven- 
tion would have. 

The recent British assessment 
"Iraq's Weapons of Mass 
Destruction" could play an impor- 
tant role in shaping international 

opinion on the situation, according 
to Springer. 

The research reports that then; is 
reason to believe that Iraq has con- 
tinued to produce chemical and 
biological weapons, attempted to 
acquire nuclear components, and 
also details Iraq's repressive treat- 
ment of its own citizens. The find- 
ings might pave the way for 
authorization of an invasion of Iraq 
as "anticipatory self-defense" or a 
"humanitarian intervention." 

A UN Security Council 
Resolution passed during the Gulf 
War in response to the invasion of 
Kuwait authorized member states 
to use "all necessary means" to 
remove the Iraqis. Member states 
were additionally authorized to 
ensure that "all subsequent rele- 
vant resolutions [be upheld] and to 
restore international peace and 
security in the area." 

Springer explained that the US 
and its allies might hinge an argu- 
ment for invading Iraq currently on 
the open-ended nature of that 
authorization from 12 years ago. 
However, he worried that this 
approach might "threaten the cred- 
ibility of the organization" of the 
UN. because it would seem irrele- 
vant in the face of strong US will. 

The next edition of the Quinby 
House Discussion series will be 
next Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.. and 
will feature Wil Smith '00. the 
director of Multicultural Student 
Programs, speaking on multicul- 
tural issues at Bowdoin. 

Ch-ch-qh-changes for Beck 

Ted Reinert 

Staff Writer 

"In the sea change, nothing is 
safe," croons Beck Hansen in the cli- 
max of his new album. The statement 
is telling, and there's a reason why 
Sea Change is the title of Beck's lat- 
est effort The genre-mixing, sample- 
happy hipster of the 90s is gone, at 
least temporarily. 

The last time we 
heard from this guy, 
he was singing "I 
want to defy the logic 
of all sexx laws!" and 
posturing as a 70s 
disco soul man in 
pink leather pants on 
his 2000 album 
Midnite Vultures. 
That was a great 
album, but Beck's 
extensive usage of 
his falsetto got so 
annoying that it made 
the overall high qual- 
ity of the album neg- 

Beck still likes 
pink, which is all 
over the album art- 
work, but Sea 
Change is otherwise 
light years away. 
Resigned and 

depressed after his 
with his 
of nearly 
Beck has 
around and written a 
collection of sad 
songs. Sea Change 
marks the first time that he's put the 
songs in front instead of the sounds 
for an entire album. Backed by a full 
band and wrapped in the floating 
atmospheric production of Nigel 
Godrich (Radiohead. Travis, and 

Beck's Mutations), Beck also proves 
that he can really sing (one of the 
many parallels between Sea Change 
and fellow SoCal alternative veterans 
Red Hot Chili Pepper's surprisingly 
mature new masterpiece By the Way). 
The drifting space-country sound 
of "The Golden Age" sets a mood for 
the album musically and lyrically. 

ten years, 


In a moment of contemplation, artist Beck Hansen surrenders 
his pink leather pants and explores something deeper. 

Beck's pen has turned from abstract 
beat poetry to a more straightforward 
approach, but it's still very good, 
highlighted by a biting wit "These 
days I barely get by / 1 dont even 
try," he admits. Two songs later. 

"Guess I'm Doing Fine" is driven 
home by this gem: "It's only lies that 
I'm living / It's only tears that I'm cry- 
ing / It's only you that I'm losing / 
Guess I'm doing Tine." 

The album is populated by a varia- 
tion of both pretty and depressing 
ballads. "Paper Tiger" is driven by 
string flourishes. "Lonesome Tear" is 
a heavy, building 
epic. The psychedelic 
"Sunday Sun" and 
the haunted, Bowie- 
esque "Little One" 
also stand out. 

Beck's last col- 
laboration with 
Godrich. 1998s 
Mutations, wasn't 
even intended for 
mass consumption; 
but David Geffen 
somehow managed 
to steal it from the 
indie label Bong 
Load. That album 
was a loose session 
dipped in tropicalia 
and psychedelia. The 
flavor Ht Beck like a 
glove and Mutations 
stands as his most 
enjoyable album. 
That said, his biggest 
hit, the experimental, 
brilliantly original 
1996 Odelay! is his 
most important. 

Sea Change, with 
its country-tinged 
dullness, is differ- 
ent but equally as 
impressive as these 
two and deserves a place in the pan- 
theon of great Beck albums. It should 
take some time. to fully digest but 
will definitely leave fans satiated 
until this chameleon completes his 
next masterpiece. 



16 October 4, 2002 

Arts and Entertainment 

The Bowdoin Orient 

Folks love the Strokes 

Matthew Lajoie 


So the Strokes are a hyped band. 
One year ago today their debut 
album, Is This It, was released in the 
United States. Apparently the band 
has the substance to back up the 
hype, selling over 640,000 copies of 
Is This It to date. In the process they 
have become the epitome of the 
"back to basics" movement in rock; a 
viable symbol of the purity of rock 
and roll. 

On the night of the concert — with 
the smell of smoked substances and 
the sweat of strangers still in my nos- 
trils — I reflected on the spectacle I 
had just witnessed. The Strokes' per- 
formance was so tight that hearing 
them play songs from Is This It was 
essentially no different than putting 
on the record. 

Besides playing ten songs from 
that album, the Strokes played three 
unreleased songs (including "Meet 
Me In the Bathroom" and "The Way 
It Is") along with "New York City 
Cops," a fan favorite that was on the 
original release of Is This It. All of 
the songs followed the Strokes for- 
mula: equal parts classic rock and 
new wave, with driving drums and 
alternating droning guitar and eccen- 
tric leads backing up Julian 
Casablancas' voice (which is itself a 
strange combination of Jim 
Morrison, John McCrea, and a 

But it works. The songs aren't 

incredibly catchy (many of them 
even sound like one another), yet 
they all manage to stick in your head. 
They all sound like songs you've 
heard before in some vague memory, 
yet at the same time they sound com- 
pletely different from anything 
you've ever heard. 

Even though they barely moved on 
stage (possibly due the keg con- 
sumed by the band before the show 
started — with a few songs left in the 
set, Casablancas lost his footing on 
stage and ran into an amp), the 
Strokes conveyed incredible energy 
to the crowd (especially during 
"Hard to Explain," "Alone Together," 
and "Take It or Leave It"). 

After a 45-minute performance the 
show was over. The Strokes had 
played just about every song in their 
repertoire. There was no encore. As 
the lights faded and the feedback 
continued after "Take It Or Leave It," 
Fab threw his cup of water into the 
crowd and dove into the front row - 
and after being returned to the stage 
he kicked over his cymbals. It was 
the kind of pure rock and roll 
debauchery I had been waiting for all 

So do the Strokes have the sub- 
stance worthy of the hype? I honest- 
ly don't care anymore. Music isn't 
about hype or symbols — it's about 
the feeling you get from hearing the 
songs and experiencing a live con- 
cert. And from that perspective the 
Strokes left me completely satisfied. 

Gettin , saucy with G Love 

Vinay Kashyap 


After a day of laborious classes, 
five of us piled into my friends car to 
head down to Portland for the G 
Love and Special Sauce show. For 
all of you who have never heard of 
this Philadelphia-bred trio, the names 
of the band members might give you 
an idea of what they are all about. "G 
Love," or to his friends. Garret 
Dutton, is the lead man on vocals, 
guitar and harmonica. Special Sauce 
consists of the Marshmallow Man 
"Jimi Jazz" Prescott on the upright 
bass and the "Houseman," Jeff 
Clemens on the drums. 

Together they have been bringing 
a unique back porch hip-hop sound 
fused with delta blues undertones to 
the music world since the early 90s. 
G Love's sloppy lyrics, along with 
the bands laid-back, kick-drum feel, 
have created a growing fan base from 
colleges and bars all across the 
nation. Even though I have been buy- 
ing their albums since high school, 
this was the first time I got a chance 
to see them in their true form, just 
rockin' it live. 

When G Love took the stage at 
Portland's State Theater, we were 
front row and eagerly awaiting an 
amazing show. I can happily say that 
we got nothing less than we expect- 
ed. The band started with a stimulat- 
ing version of the song "Garbage 
Man" from their first album, 1994s 
self-titled G Love and Special Sauce. 

My big, fat, Greek restaurant 

Kerry Elson 


Garfield the Cat cannot go 
without food for ten minutes. 
His furry, tangerine belly must 
be constantly satiated by 
lasagna or cherry pie. Is there 
ever a time when Garfield isn't 
hungry? Has he ever sullenly 
pawed away a plate of provi- 
sions? Would he ever 
want to go without 

No! Such principles 
also apply to this 
Foodie; she is always 
ready for a tasty treat. 
Readers can only 
imagine her disap- 
pointment to find that 
her Jerk Chicken 
Wrap from 

Brunswick's The 

Kitchen filled her for 
eight hours! She 
couldn't touch a 
Bowdoin Express 
PB&J; she just didn't 
want it. The wrap's 
heavy ingredients 
stubbornly sat in her 
stomach and refused 
to make room for 
anything else. 

Despite her discon- 
tent, the Foodie 
would readily return 
to the sunny eatery to 
see if any of the other 
offerings are quite as 
filling. Washes of 
purple, turquoise and 
yellow splash the 
walls of the church 
basement, which 
accommodates for its 
underground location by having 
several large street-side win- 
dows to let in light. There is 
plenty of space in the lot for a 
large group to slide tables 
together and have an inexpen- 

sive lunch or dinner outing. 

The Kitchen offers American 
and Greek specialties, such as 
vegetable wraps, chicken burri- 
tos and beef gyros, as well as 
pizza and calzones. It's a basic 
neighborhood sandwich shop 
that has enough charm to win 
over Bowdoin parents, who will 
then characterize all of n Moron, Bowdoin Orient 

The Kitchen offers Greek specialties at a reasonable price and 
an excellent location in downtown Brunswick. 

Brunswick as cute and funky 
because they had a pretty good 
sandwich in a cafe" with purple 

Diners receive a lot of food 
for their money. Ten minutes 

after placing her order, the 
Foodie found a foot-long whole- 
wheat tube before her. 

Inside the tortilla, which was 
warm and crisp at its edges: 
were brown rice, chicken, let- 
tuce and tomato, all dressed 
with an imitation jerk sauce. 
The Kitchen certainly tried to 
emulate the Carribbean favorite, 
but the sauce 
was dominated 
by cinnamon 
and further 

lacked heat or 
hints of other 
requisite flavors 
such as thyme 
and garlic. The 
Foodie admits 
that the wrap 
was good but it 
certainly not a 
"jerk;" it was 
more of a toler- 
ably polite 
Pumpkin Pie 
Spice chicken 
wrap. Perhaps 
the Foodie 
shouldn't have 
ordered some- 
thing so "eth- 
nic," but rather 
have trusted the 
more American 
specialties such 
as pizza or a 
veggie burger, 
which also 
might not have 
filled her to the 

The Kitchen 
holds promise, 
but it certainly hasn't joined the 
ranks of Wild Oats, Scarlet 
Begonias, and Shere Punjab as 
one of Brunswick's Best. The 
Foodie's search for fine food 

From that moment, I knew these 
guys loved to play for their fans. G 
Love was bouncing up and down on 
his stool, which was set up in the 
center of the stage. He was playing 
his guitar and his harmonica at the 
same time, while "Jimmy Jazz" and 
the "Houseman" were absolutely 
killing with some bass and drum 
lines. They continued with the inspi- 
rational song "Dreaming" from their 
1999 album Philadelphonic, a song 
dedicated in loving memory of 
Sublime's late front man Bradley 
Nowell of Long Beach, California. 

Along with a few other fans in the 
front, I decided I wanted to hear the 
song "Blues Music," G's tribute to all 
the blues musicians who had inspired 
him and his band. After a few min- 
utes of yelling he looked over and 
started to bust out the opening riffs to 
the song on his guitar. Everyone went 

Afterwards, the band played a few 
more songs from Philadelphonic 
including a crowd favorite 
"Numbers" and "Roaches." 
"Stepping Stone" and "My Babies 
Got Sauce" followed, both songs 
about women taking advantage of 
their men. With that, the band had 
finished their regular set. The crowd 
was apprehensive for a few minutes 
but, not to our surprise, they were 
ready to do one of the best encore 
performances I have ever experi- 

G came back out on the stage by 

himself with an acoustic and his har- 
monica. I was hoping he would per- 
form some of the love songs that he 
puts on the end of his albums. 

He started with "Gimme Some 
Love," a song he wrote for his wife 
while in a hotel room on tour. Next, 
the band came back out and was 
ready to give us more. They played 
"Shout Out to the Rappers" a song 
that my boys Will and Bill enjoyed 

G then ended with two of my per- 
sonal favorites, first a serious song 
about the homeless of America called 
"This Ain't Living," and finally 
"Cold Beverages." This is a song 
that describes G's unusual obsession 
with summertime drinks, for exam- 
ple a cold six pack or a glass of 
lemonade. He even has a tattoo on 
his shoulder that says 'the word 
Lemonade that is.' 

All in all, G Love and Special 
sauce gave a soulful and energetic 
show. Three musicians, from the 
streets of Philly, showed us that all 
they ever want to do is kick it live for 
their fans and keep on making funky 
music. We even got to chill with G 
Love after the show by his bus while 
he and his crew took turns with their 
long boards ripping through the 
empty streets of Portland at 1 :00 am. 
It was a memorable night and when I 
mentioned Bowdoin to G Love he 
knew where it was and he said he'd 
definitely be up here soon to show us 
how to truly "blow up the spot' 

Jam band gets jiggy 

Eric Worthing 


Last Saturday night, Medeski 
Martin and Wood came to the State 
Theater, on Congress Street, in 
Portland, for the fourth time in four 
years. The trio from New York con- 
sists of John Medeski on various 
keyboards and garage-sale musical 
items, Billy Martin on percussion 
(everything from Gretsch drums to 
brake rotors), and Chris Wood on 
bass. They have been together for 
eight years and have put out eight 
albums. They have explored the 
avant-garde side of jazz, while also 
stretching out into various shades of 
electronic music. Needless to say, 
they are 3 band of great prestige and 

I feel out of p\ace t and 
frankly uncomfortable, 
amidst the crowd of 
ered, dread-locked, 


However, I do have a few reserva- 
tions about Medeski Martin and 
Wood. For one, I feel very out of 
place, and frankly uncomfortable, 
amidst the crowd of three-week- 
unshowered, dread-locked, hemp- 
heads, especially when they lean on 
me with increasing intensity for the 
whole two and a half hour show. I 
feel self-conscious in my music elit- 
ism, admitting that I like what popu- 
larity has dubbed a "jam band." And 
I am most worried and disappointed 
at the fact that their last three studio 
albums have all sounded very much 
the same. 

But, despite this, Medeski Martin 
and Wood still completely knocked 
me out Despite the suffocating State 
Theater (which I still love with aU 
my heart), the swaying smelly mass- 
es, and die first set (which is not even 

worth talking about), I still found 
myself being completely enveloped 
by the music. When they hit their 
peak in the second set, and still 
climbed higher, the amount of energy 
rushing from the stage was enough to 
wash away all the worries and frivol- 
ities in my head. 

It's been a while since music has 
affected me like that, and even 
though I know that it was nothing 
profound or deep, it was still some- 
thing that was completely real and 
earnest. The music and energy that 
came off the stage was not for the 
audience alone, but also for the band. 
It was not tainted by any pretension 
or falseness. It was not there to 
please anyone. Instead it was a self- 
ish jam session that the audience 
happened to listen in on. Though I 
did not come away from the night 
with a feeling of spiritual, philosoph- 
ical, mind elevating enlightenment, I 
did leave with a full-stomach satis- 
faction from hearing good, energetic, 
pure music. 



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Bats and Spiders on campus 

Audrey Amidon 

Staff Writer 

This weekend Bowdoin 
Film Society is bringing two 
classic superheroes to the big 
screen in Smith Auditorium. 
Bring along your parents, sis- 
ters, brothers, cousins, long- 
lost uncles — anyone who may 
be coming to visit this week- 
end. These are Alms that will 
appeal to almost anyone. 

First, on Friday night at 
7:00 p.m., BFS is bringing 
you a special screening of last 
summer's hit Spider-Man. 
This film isn't out on video 
until November 1, so if you 
feel like seeing this movie, 
we're probably the only place 
you can get it until then. 
There's also a good chance 
that all those special effects 
that are watchable on the big 
screen will look silly on your 
TV, so this may be your last 
chance to enjoy this film the 
way it was meant to be seen. 

Toby Maguire stars as Peter 
Parker, the dorkv kid who is 

bitten by a genetically altered 
spider while taking photos on 
a school field trip. Young 
Peter suddenly finds himself 
changing over night and dis- 
covers that he possesses 

With amazing strength, 
agility, and websilk shooting 
from his palms, he can scale 
buildings and leap from 
rooftop to rooftop. ' He still 
isn't able to get the girl next 
door (Kirsten Dunst) to see 
him as anything more than a 
friend, but when his best 
friend's father (Willem 
Dafoe) develops an evil alter 
ego who runs amok, he is able 
to do something about it. 

On Saturday night at 7:00 
p.m., we're bringing you Tim 
Burton's Batman (1989). 
Burton's Gotham City is a 
dark and shadowy place that 
needs someone like Batman 
to protect it. This film is 
probably one of the best 
superhero movies of our time, 
up there with the first 

Superman. It stars Michael 
Keaton as Bruce Wayne, the 
man who becomes Batman 
when the crime in Gotham 
City gets out of hand. Kim 
Basinger is the nosy reporter 
who tries to unmask the vigi- 
lante hero. Jack Nicholson as 
the Joker is unforgettable. 
Most of us were at an impres- 
sionable age when this movie 
came out, so you might 
remember just how freaky he 
was with that green hair and 
twisted smile. 

Unlike Spider-Man. 

Batman doesn't have any 
superpowers, so he has to rely 
on his own brute strength and 
a lot of neat gadgets to fight 
crime and preserve the 
American way. Thankfully, 
Robin hadn't entered the pic- 
ture yet. so this film comes 
off a lot more seriously than 
the later installments and is 
still enjoyable on third or 
fourth viewings. 

I Jackie Chan fails to entertain us in "The Tuxed, " his newest film 

TUXtDO, from page 14 

All she was good for was wear- 
ing those gorgeous and uncom- 
fortable dresses spies have no 
business wearing. Is this some 
kind of sick joke? She's not 
tunny, and she can't be intimi- 
dating. She's not even funny 

Is this some land of sick joke? Jennifer Love Hewitt is 
not funny, she can't be intimidating. She's not even 
funny when she tries to be intimidating t so there's no 
redeeming value in casting her at all. 

when she tries to be intimidat- 
ing, so there's no redeeming 
value in casting her at all. Not 

the worst). But here, the fight 
scenes are toned down and 
unusually lazy; they're down- 
right cheap and we all know it. 
It's ridiculous. They interrupt 
the flow of 
the movie 
instead of 
keeping it 
You'd think 
a fighting 

would be able to pull off some- 
thing more exciting than 
cliched Matrix wall-climbs; 
those just aren't fun anymore. 
And a car chase scene 'in New 
York City where the car is 
being chased by a skateboard? 
Come on now. Try just a little 

But this sin doesn't compare 
to the film's other grotesque 
error: casting Jennifer Love 
Hewitt as Jackie's leading lady. 
As if she weren't annoying 
enough as an actress, they had 
to put her in an action film. 


to mention the fact that there 
was almost negative chemistry 
between Hewitt and Jackie 
Chan. At every moment they 
were together, I kept hoping 
that he would just smack her 
down and break into a rush of 
I can't 
really go into plot and cine- 
matography and score and all 
that, because, as I mentioned 
before, I know this film wasn't 
trying to make use of any of 
those things. But I will say 
that there was one part of this 
movie I actually did enjoy: the 
bloopers... my reward for sit- 
ting through mindless crap. So 
if you insist on having fun at 
The Tuxedo, go in. take your 
seat, sleep for an hour and a 
half, and tell your friends to 
wake you up at the credits. 

Meredith Hoar: 
DJ of the Week 

O: Song, artist, or album that changed Southern style makes her the better singer in the 
your life? family. 

MM: I started listening to my Dad's old 

O: Who is the most underrated artist, in your 
MH: Dolly Parton! Everyone just sees her 
outside appearance and no one 

realizes that she is actually a talented 
songwriter and singer. 

Joan Baez records and was awakened to this 
whole folk tradition going on before record- 
ing equipment existed. I love history, and I 
was hooked. 

O: Currently, who gives the 
live performance? 

MH: Lyle Lovett and His 
Band: Lyle himself is on 
the resuk of being trampled by a bull 
Really. But the band is hugely ener 

O: What song are you embarrassed to 

you love? 
MH: I love popular country music, so 
anything in that genre. I know just how 

getic. Francine Reeves has this Meredith Hoar watered down it is, but if s fun and it 
amazingly powerful voice and Sweet reminds me of being at home. 

Pea Atkinson is just a lot of fun to watch. 

O: What's in your stereo now? Meredith Hoar's show is called The 

MH: Allison Mooters Miss F o rt m t t .%% Foikswagon, and die promises to "play musk 

good, bat if you donthave anything of hers, with u nabashedly catoused hands." Meredith's 

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18 October 4, 2002 

The Bowdoin Orient 

Men's Soccer dominates its 
opponents, climbs rankings 

Sean Walker 

Staff Writer 

In the span of one week, the 
Bowdoin Men's Soccer team dis- 
mantled three of the most successful 
programs in the NESCAC, defeating 
Williams. Amherst, and Middlebury 
in consecutive games. With the only 
blight on their 
record a tough 4-3 
loss to Wesleyan, 
the Polar Bears 
continue to climb 
the NCAA rank- 
ings, progressing 
to their current 
national rank of 

Combined with 
their dual first 
place rankings in 
the NESCAC and 
New England 
Bowdoin is poised 
to perhaps crack 
the national top 
five with a win 
over the Tufts 
Jumbos during 
Parents Weekend. 
While impressive, 
the rankings, 
according to Head Coach Brian 
Ainscough. can be taken in two 

Said Ainscough. "I told this to' the 
guys the other day: 'It feels nice now, 
but the best time to be ranked is at the 
end of the season."' 

Still, being ranked seventh and 
having the added pressure of winning 
in front of the numerous parents who 
will migrate to the Bowdoin campus 
this weekend is a position that Tufts 

must look upon with envy. The 
Jumbos, who suffered losses to both 
Bates and Wesleyan last weekend, 
will travel to Brunswick for a match 
that will be a critical one for both 
their morale and standing in the 

In order to compete, the Jumbos 

Jaques Guana '05 dribbles through practice. Last 
Polar Bears defeated both Amherst and Middlebury. 

will have to find a solution to stop- 
ping Bowdoin 's two top scorers, 
sophomore Bobby Desilets and first- 
year Drew Russo The pair has 
accounted for eleven of the team's 
fifteen goals to date. Both proved 
pivotal last weekend with Desilets 
finding the back of the net once, and 
Russo twice. 

Desilets, a Rhode Island native 
who enjoys sending both the 
Bowdoin females and Daniel "Tex" 

Hayes 'OS into a state of extreme 
excitement by pulling his shirt over 
his head during goal celebrations, put 
the Polar Bears on top against 
Amherst late in the first half last 

Russo, one of several talented 
first-years, put the game out of reach 
with his goal at the 
31:05 mark of the 
first half. Though 
Amherst was able 
to crack the Polar 
Bear defense mid- 
way through the 
second half, the 
Polar Bears 

emerged victorious 
with a score of 2-1. 
Hayes, a former 
Polar Bear soccer 
player and current 
placekicker on the 
football team, 

helped lead a rau- 
cous Bowdoin 
crowd into the 
Middlebury game. 
Sixteen ounce party 
cups in hand, the 
student cheering 
section in front of 
Harpswell apart- 
ments exploded late in the first half 
when first-year William Waters 
delivered one of the most beautiful 
goals in recent years at Pickard Field. 
Just in front of the Polar Bear 
bench. Waters rifled a missile from 
his deadly left foot that was in the 
back of the net before the stunned 
Middlebury goalkeeper could react 
Waters, like most spectators on 

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Evan Kohn, Bowdoin Orient 
weekend, the 

Hurricane? Sailors race anyway 

Melanie Keene 

Staff Writer 

With extreme winds, the sailors 
found last weekend's regattas to be 
extremely challenging. The Women's 
team finished the best over all. taking 
a fifth out of 14th in their regatta. 

The light and fluky winds at 
Boston University's President's Cup 
on Sunday allowed for only eight 
races total, but they made the best out 
of the situation. Laura Windecker '03 
and Caitlin Moore 06 sailed A divi- 
sion while Allison Binkowski '03 
sailed B division crew with Jackie 
Haskell 05. 

The Binkowski/Haskell team 
sailed with their usual intensity, 
achieving several top three finishes 
and placing fifth overall in their divi- 

The coed team had a more frustrat- 
ing regatta at Tufts' Hood 
Intersectional. Tyler Dunphy '03 
skippered A division with crew 

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Kartsen Main, Bowdoin Orient 

Crew Jackie Haskell < 05(front) and Allie Binkowski <03 (back) 
work together to reach max velocity. 

Field Hockey, the 
class of NESCAC 

Evan Kohn, Bowddin Orient 

Practice makes (near) perfect for the Polar Bears, who will carry a 
sparkling 6-1 record into this weekend's match-up against Tufts. 

Allie Yanikoski 
Staff Writer 

Bang, bang, bang, bang! Senior 
forward Leah McClure led the 
Bowdoin Field Hockey team to dual 
home field wins this weekend, over 
rivals Amherst (2-0) and Middlebury 
(3-2), claiming four of the five net 
team goals. 

This weekend was huge," says 
senior co-captain Sarah Laverty. 
"We went in wanting to come out 2 
and 0, and we did." 

After defeating Amherst on 
Saturday, the Polar Bears faced a 
strong Middlebury team on Sunday. 
Assisted by sophomore Marissa 
O'Neil, McClure opened up the 
game with an early goal. 

12 minutes later, senior co-captain 
Jackie Templeton set up sophomore 
forward Colleen McDonald to score. 
McClure, thanks to assist-qucen 
Templeton, netted the game-winning 
goal that paved the way to a 3-2 vic- 

"Our fast breaks down the field 
were definitely a threat to 
[Middlebury] due to our speed and 
the fact that our forwards were read- 
ing each other extremely well this 
weekend," said Templeton. "We had 
a lot of chances at close goals, so we 
were really glad to have executed the 
ones that we did." 

The Polar Bears optimized their 
seven shots on Middlebury *s goal to 
earn the victory despite being out- 
shot by the Panthers who totaled 18 
shots on goal. Goalie Gillian 
McDonald '04 thwarted all but two 
of these shots. 

"Middlebury is always a tough 
game," said McDonald, "(because] 
they play a very different system than 
any other team in our conference, but 
we really shut (them] down and frus- 
trated them with our defensive 

McDonald also commended the 


defensive effort against Amherst, 
saying that "We played great defense 
versus Amherst and really took our 
game to them. Amherst could not get 
[the ball] past their 50-yard line." 

Cornered by the Polar Bears, 
Amherst's goalkeeper K.C. 
Cosentino resisted 23 of the 25 shots 
on goal taken by Bowdoin players. 
McClure scored both goals, assisted 
first by O'Neil and later by junior 
Amanda Burrage. 

Despite competing on back-to- 
back days, Laverty said, "we played 
the best I've ever seen our team play 
on Sunday against Middlebury. It 
was a great game and an incredible 
victory — one that we worked really 
hard to earn." 

Templeton added, "As a team we 
had great passing and communica- 
tion. We were so motivated and 
focused that by no means did our big 
win over Williams make any of us 
feel like we didn't need to give our 
full 100 percent" 

After this weekend's successes, 
Bowdoin holds a 6-1 record. The 
Polar Bears will next face Tufts this 
Saturday at home on the Howard 
Ryan Field. 

Templeton forewarned the 
Jumbos, saying "we just can't wait to 
play again with the same fire!" 

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William Wallace inspires men's rugby 

with XC 

Running extraordinaires 
Todd Dick Forsgren and 
Conor Savage O'Brien 
offer an insiders analysis , 
of the Men's Cross 
Country team. 

During the harvest moon of the 
year 2002 A.D., the Men's Cross 
Country team made its annual pil- 
grimage to Van Cortlandt Park in the 
Bronx of New York. But this year 
was different than those preceding it. 

In the past, the team crusaded 
against the lesser powers of Division 
III cross country. But having con- 
quered near and far in the realm of 
Division III, the team went in search 
of greater challenges: the beasts that 
lay in Division-I. 

It was a hard fought battle. For the 
first mile, the throng of the fight was 
thick, and the team suffered many 
casualties. Sophomore Ben Peisch 
defended the black and white as gal- 
lantly as St. Michael at the pearly 
gates, stepping down to no one. 

I mean, man, he really popped 
some punk from the University of 
Buffalo — a good one, right in the 
face. Seniors Jeff Rubens and Pat 
Vardaro led the first stage of the cru- 
sade, fighting through the crowd for 
a searing 4:57 opening mile. It was 
at this point that Scott Barbuto took 
the helm and cut through D-I flesh 
like Moses through the Red Sea, 
making frequent use of his wily 

From there the course headed into 
the hilly jungle nether regions of Van 
Cortlandt Park. Freshman Andrew 
"Puffy" Comb's golden locks and 
blazing soles lit up this dark land, as 
he showed his natural affinity to fol- 
low the strategy employed by the 
bears: to bury their enemies whose 
life force had been foolishly wasted 
in the early running during the later 
miles of the race. 

The race ended with a long run 
through a gauntlet of jeering onlook- 
ers. Scott "Intesity" Barbuto was the 
first Bowdoin finisher, with a time of 
26:10. He was followed by fellow 
seniors Jeff "Ditka" Rubens, Pat 
"Women's Suffrage" Vardaro and 
Todd "Love in the Time of Cholera" 
Forsgren, with the times of 26:46, 
26:50 and 26:59 respectively. Ben 
"Dirty batch" Peisch rounded out the 
scoring five. Scott "Batman" Herrick 
passed the twenty most stout men DI 
had to offer to claim sixth place for 
the team. Conor "I'm a" Savage 
O'Brien finished in seventh. 

They left the field of battle as the 
sixteenth team out of the 29 teams 
present. A bunch of people got to 
enrich their education after the race 
by tasting the fruits that Now York 
has to offer. But some people just 
went to plays and museums and stuff 

The bus smelled like a dirty stable 
all the way home, we think it was 
Peisch's fault. But Forsgren is hot 
above suspicion either. 

Mike Balulescu 

Staff Writer 

The Orient salutes 
NESCAC Women's Soccer 
Player of the Week, 
Bowdoin goalie Anna 
Shapell '05. Shapell 
shutouts and totaled 13 
saves in victories over 
Amherst and Middlebury. 

In a match that would make Mel 
Gibson's Scottish rebels run for the 
highlands, Bowdoin fought and bat- 
tled its way to a 34-18 victory over 
the University of Maine at 
Farmington last Saturday. 
Farmington's scrappy play was not 
enough to defeat the ruggers in black, 
as Bowdoin seized victory and 
advanced to a perfect 2-0 on the sea- 

During their long drive up to 
Farmington, deep in the winterlands 
of central Maine, the Bowdoin rug- 
gers had plenty of time to contem- 
plate the task that lay ahead of them. 

"Farmington has always been 
well-coached, and they always give 
us a game," said Coach Rick Scala 
before the match, "But if we keep our 
heads and play with discipline, we 
should be able to pull out a win." 

Still plagued by injuries, Bowdoin 
arrived in Farmington with several 
key players sidelined. Captain Dave 
Kirkland '03 and Joe Wilson '02 
were still unavailable, and hooker 
Kassim Mbwana '02 was sidelined at 
the last minute due to ankle prob- 

With three important players miss- 
ing from the pitch, and a hungry 
Farmington team eager to win its 
first game of the season, everyone in 
a black jersey knew that the day's 
match would not be an easy one. 

Nevertheless, Bowdoin was able 
to outrun Farmington and take the 
game by the second half. 

"We had better conditioning, plain 
and simple," said senior Captain 
Dennis Kiley. "Everyone on the 
team complains about our running 
and sprinting practices, but the rea- 
son we, won Saturday is because we 
were in better shape. Farmington is a 
good team, but they lost steam 
towards the end of the match, and we 

were able to take advantage of that. 
Conditioning equals victory." 

Farmington's strengths included 
its forwards and the rough play in the 
rucks that set the tone for the entire 
match. The highlight of the game 
came at the beginning of the second 
half when Farmington kept the ball 
within a few meters of Bowdoin 's try 

Farmington ruggers were out to start 
a lot of fights," said Nick "Kiwi" 
Reid '05. "I come from a land down 
under, and in Australia we don't 
believe in solving our problems with 
violence. The belligerence on 
[Farmington's] part was entirely 
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Australian sensation Nick Reid '05 looks to exploit Maine' 
Farmington's defense in a 34' 18 victory. The ruggers improved to 
2-0 on the season and are poised to make another run at regionals. 

zone for what seemed like an eterni- 
Ruck after ruck, Farmington tried 
to break though Bowdoin 's defense. 
Ruck after ruck, Bowdoin held on. 
At one point Farmington even 
punched through the Bowdoin for- 
wards and pushed the ball into the try 
zone, but the crafty Bowdoin ruggers 
were able to keep the ball off the 
ground to prevent Farmington from 
scoring. -. 

The robust flavor of the game 
rubbed off on everyone. "The 

over as acting captain of the forwards 
in Kirkland's stead,, was very 
impressed with the way the team per- 
formed. "When you play against a 
pack like [Farmington], it makes you 
want to run for the showers and hide. 
But we rucked hard and we stayed 
focused, and that made all the differ- 
ence. Everyone stepped up and did 
what they were ask to do." 

One of the biggest surprises of the 
day was Ryan Naples '04, who 
entered the game at lock for an 
injured Larry Jackson '05. Naples 

had been up Friday night due to 
faulty plumbing in Coles Tower, and 
even so he was able to turn in the best 
game of his Bowdoin rugby career. 

Another surprise performance 
came from Warren Dubitsky '04, 
who was able to play hard and finish 
the match without any head injury of 
any kind. Unfortunately, Dubitsky 
was unable to provide any commen- 
tary after the game, as he was out cel- 
ebrating with his good friend and 
long time companion John Daniels, a 
senior at the University of Tennessee. 

The B game saw much of the same 
intensity, but with a fresh crew of 
Bowdoin rookies to take on the 
weary Farmington ruggers. 
Bowdoin fielded a few veterans on 
the pitch, including Whitney "Flash" 
Schrader '05, who showed a great 
deal of leadership. Schrader, known 
normally for his computer salesman- 
ship, had to assume a more mature 
role Saturday. 

"The key against a big team is to 
be quick." remarked Schrader. "I told 
the rookies before the game that 
Farmington would hit hard, and we 
needed to do everything at pace. If 
anything takes longer than a few sec- 
onds, it's not worth doing." 

The Bowdoin ruggers will host the 
University of Maine at Orono tomor- 
row, before an eager crowd of par- 
ents, siblings, friends, and fans. 

"Farmington gave us a better game 
that we thought." said Coach Scala. 
"and it was kind of a wake up call for 
us. Orono is always one of the best 
teams in the conference, and if we 
want to win. we arc going to have to 
play better than we have all season." 

So before your parents take you 
out for the ubiquitous Maine lobster, 
bring them down to the rugby pitch 
at 2:00 p.m. and help cheer on 
Bowdoin in its biggest match of the 
season. GO BLACK! 

Splish, Splash, Water Polo taking a bath 

Suen Wong 

Staff Writer 

The Water Polo team faced a true 
test of its mettle and resolve in the 
first four games of the season, played 
last weekend at Colby College. The 
Polar Bears emerged from that fiery 
furnace victorious, despite their 2-2 
record. - 

In the first game 
of the weekend, 
Bowdoin helped 
their opponent. 
Because Holy 
Cross could only 
field 6 of the 
required 7 players 
for the game, 
Bowdoin loaned 
first-years Nisha 
Amanji. Julia 
Bach, and Alia 
Lescure as well as 
Coach Burcay 
Gurcan so that a 
game could be 

Propelled by a 
dominating per- 
formance from 
goal-keeper Lynn Furick '04 and 
Erin Turban '06 and Melissa Perrin's 
'OS first-ever gaols, the Polar Bears 
cruised to a 14-7 victory. Erin 
Turban'06, Bill Alto '05, Yaron 
Eisenberg 05, Nicole Goyette '05, 
Mike Long '05, Melissa Perrin '05. 
and Dave Harden '03 all netted goals 
for Bowdoin. 

The second game on Saturday was 
an epic do u ble-ove rti me thriller in 

Courtesy of 

The Water Polo team has rea- 
son to smile with a 2-2 record. 

which Bowdoin and Worcester 
Polytechnic Institute matched each 
other goal for goal until Harden 
scored in sudden death play after the 
second overtime period to give the 
Polar Bears a 14-13 victory. 

With. Alto, Goyette, Namsoo Lee 
'01, and Long leading a strong press 
that played to both 
B o w d o i n ' s 
strengths and 
WPI's weakness- 
es, and Matt 
Loosigian '03 cre- 
ating all sorts of 
offensive opportu- 
nities, Bowdoin 
entered the last 
minute of regular 
play up 11-10. 

WPI, however, 
tied the game with 
45 seconds left to 
send the contest 
into an overtime 
consisting of two 
3-minute periods. 
Long scored for 
Bowdoin with 52 
seconds left in the 
first overtime, but WPI answered 
with a goal of its own seconds later. 
Harden scored early in the second 
overtime period, but WPI scored 
with 13 seconds left to tie the game 
and send it into the three minute sud- 
den death in which Harden scored 
the final goal to secure the victory. 
Alto, Goyette, Harden, Lee, and 
Long all scored for Bowdoin. 
In the third game of the weekend, 

played on Sunday, the Polar Bears 
limited a very strong Bates team to 
one goal in the first period while 
scoring their first goal on a break- 
away by Harden in the second peri- 

However, the immense depth of 
the Bates team finally took its toll as 
the Bobcats dominated the second 
half and handed Bowdoin its first 
loss of the season, 18-5. 

After a mere 15 minutes to recov- 
er from the Bates game, the Polar 
Bears were once again in the water, 
this time against a much improved 
Colby team. The Mules jumped out 

to a large lead, but the Polar Bears 
showed their resolve by storming 
back in the last period with a 7-1 run 
that just fell short. 

Even though Bowdoin lost the 
game 15-12, they proved that they 
are able to fight their way back out of 
seemingly insurmountable holes. 
Kyle and Turban had strong perform- 
ances for Bowdoin. and Long and 
Alto did an admirable job of keeping 
up with John Eck, Colby's All- 
American sprinter. 

The Polar Bears look forward to 
avenging the loss when they play 
Colby again this weekend at Bales. 

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The Bowdoin Orient 

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Women ruggers water down 
Bridgewater State, 22 to nil 

Rachel Hedlund 

Staff Writer 

Coming off a narrow defeat at 
Colby the previous weekend, the 
Women's Rugby team gained their 
first win at Bridgewater State on 
Saturday. The women won solidly, 
22-0. against a very aggressive 
Bridgewater squad. 

The team expected a rough game 
when Bridgewater took the field 
wearing prison-stripe black and 
white jerseys. Expectations were 
exceeded when Bowdoin's eager 
backs felt the first few tackles. 

Quickly, however. Bowdoin retali- 
ated with , speed and skill that 
Bridgewater could not match. 
Captain Ellic Doig 03 scored the 
first try in one of her typically dizzy- 
ing fast breakaways down the field. 

From that point on. Bowdoin easi- 
ly dominated the game. Bridgewater 
failed to gain any offensive momen- 
tum, due no doubt to the especially 
vicious tackling of Joanie Taylor '03t 
Jocelyn Foulke '05, and Emily 
Angell 04. 

A few times, however, the mere 
impetus of the Bridgewater forwards 
required a joint effort of these 
unstoppable ladies. 

The forward pack dominated the 
lincouts. and jumpers Courtney 
Gnbbon 03 and Rachel Hedlund 04 
rarely came away empty handed, 
thanks to the solid throws by Liz 
Swedock '04 

"When 1 throw. I look right down 
my nose at the competition." com- 
mented Swedock "04. 

Scrum half Liz King '03 scored 
the second try as she peeled off a par- 
ticularly successful lineout and broke 
through the tired Bridgewater 
defense. Said King '03, "I was feel- 
ing a little hungry for a try. and I 
thought I'd eat 'em for breakfast." 

Forwards also notably dominated 
scrums. Driving low, and always 
hard, the pack won the majority. 
Said second-row Gnbbon '03. "1 
think the snazzy new scrum caps 
have improved my game because 1 
know I even look better than the 

awaits '03 

Phil Friedrich 

Staff Writer 

It was a weekend of surprises for 
four members of Bowdoin's Men's 
Tennis team. 

Heading into last weekend's off- 
season Omni Hotels/ITA Regional 
Championship hosted by MIT, the- 
team (comprised of August Felker 
03. Colin Joyner 03. Mac Burke 
05. and Pat Keneally 05) had 
expected to face Williams, its most 
formidable opponent and last year's 
NCAA national champion. However, 
it was the tournament's host. MIT. 
that proved to be the team to beat. 

MIT. led by a host of experienced 
veterans and solid newcomers, dom- 
inated the tournament, leading to an 
all M.l.T. final in both the singles and 
doubles brackets. 

"They are sporting a dynamite 
first-year who was one of the top jun- 
ior players in the nation before com- 
ing to MIT. a Division I transfer from 
Russia, and two experienced veter- 
ans in the top of their lineup." said 

Please see TENNIS, page 22 

Evan Kohn, Bowdoin Orient 

Women's Rugby charges through another practice and prepares for 
a match against Providene during Parents Weekend. Both the A 
and B side squads were victorious last weekend against Bridgewater. 


After the half, Bowdoin came out 
even more energized than before, 
making Bridgewater pray for refresh- 
ments. The Bowdoin back line con- 
tinued to penetrate the defense, gain- 
ing impressive tries for Angell '04 
and Doig 03 (again). The free kick 
after Doig's try was good, upping the 
score to 22. 

The B side squad offered just as 
many thrills as the A side and earned 
a 20-10 victory. The young 
Bridgewater B side was no less phys- 
ical than their A side counterparts, 
but Bowdoin rookies took it in stride 
and garnered another Bowdoin victo- 

The first half saw the Bears work- 
ing hard to get clean rucks and good 
balls, while maintaining a solid 
defense. Rookie flanker Paige 
Contreras-Gould '04 jumped in line- 
outs and gave concrete wins to scrum 
half Rebecca Guendelsberger '03 
and fly half, Rachel Jones '04. The 
always vocal Jones was heard 
screaming "Hit me baby, one more 
time with that ball." 

During the second half, rookie 
ruggers exploded into the try zone. 
Mara Partridge '06 busted through 
the defense to score the first try of the 
game. Said Partridge of her feat, "I 
was so excited I thought I might pee 
my pants." 

Soon after, Contreras-Gould '04 
and Guendelsberger '03 followed 
Partridge's lead and scored again. 
While Bowdoin defense was tough, 
Bridgewater did manage to score, 
giving them ten. 

Bowdoin's scoring streak ended 
when Claudia Marroquin '06 snuck 
by the defense and landed her first 
career try. The match soon ended, 
and Bowdoin rejoiced over its two 
victories all the way back to 
Brunswick, as many drivers on 1-95 
can attest. 

The tough Bowdoin squad looks 
for another victory against 
Providence this weekend. Team sup- 
porter Adam Smith '98, currently at 
MIT, gave a resounding "Go U 
Bears!" for their match against 

Regatta Madness! 

HURRICANE, from page 18 

Melanie Keene '03 and Ryan Cauley 
'03 skippered B division with crews 
Elliott Wright '05 and Whitney 
Rauschenbach '06. 

They fought against the ultimate 
wind extremes possible during a 
regatta On Saturday, the team faced 
the remainder of the hurricane and 
were forced to endure gusts of 30 
knots, while Sunday provided light 
and variable winds that reached no 
higher that 0-2 mph for Cauley 's last 

The bright aspect of the regatta 
was Skipper Cauley s performance, 
and "stellar" is the only way to 
describe his sailing. With no finishes 
below twelfth and several top six fin- 
ishes with 18 boats on the line, he 
kept the team afloat and had a series 
of good comebacks. 

The weekend was also fun but 
frustrating for the team sent to Maine 
Mantime's Penobscot Bay Open. 
Pieter Scheerlinck '05 skippered A 
division with crew Amy Titcomb '04, 
and Eddie Brigand 05 skippered B 
with crew Becca Bartlett 'OS. 

The wind conditions varied great- 
ly both days, going from gale force 
on Saturday to a light breeze an 

Sunday. While they were disappoint- 
ed with their performance on 
Saturday, they put forward their best 
effort on Sunday, sailing faster and 
making fewer mistakes to arrive in 
ninth place overall. 

However, while it was frustrat- 
ing, the sailors did benefit from the 
experience as Skipper Brigand stat- 
ed, "It was a tough venue because of 
the constantly changing wind direc- 
tion and velocity, but we did some 
things really well in a few of the 
races, and we know what we need to 
work on to do better, namely our 
transition into different types of 
boats and our ability to keep our 
speed up when the breeze goes 

This weekend looks more promis- 
ing for the sailing team as they 
expect more seasonable winds and 
sailing conditions. The coed team 
will travel to UN H to sail at the Chris 
Loder Trophy while the women skip- 
pers travel to MIT to qualify for the 
Singlehaoded Championship. 

Bowdoin is also hosting a home 
event, an Eastern Series regatta in 
which six member s of the team will 
be competing. It should be a great 
event and the team welcomes every- 
one down to watch the sailing. 

The XMtotfWks with 
the two most dedicated 

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Since its establishment as a varsity 
sport in 1889, football has been one 
successful pro gram s. Oar Bowdoin 
Athletics Fan(s>of<4he-Week award 
goes to the Polar Bears' two biggest 
supporters. Scott Brien '04 and John 
Gregory '04. 

When the Orient notified these 
super fans, they said it was both an 
honor and a privilege to be recog- 
nized for their commitment to 
Bowdoin football. In an interview 
with Brien and Gregory, the Orient 
was able to get a glimpse into the 
lives of tiie Fans-of-the-Week. 

Scott 'The Annihilator" Brien and 
John The Grizzly Bear" Gregory 
said that there is a driving force 
behind their desire to be football's 
greatest fans: "We want Bowdoin 
Football to live forever in the ininds 
and the hearts of every alum, student, 
and fan." 

Brien and Gregory have the oppor- 
tunity to share a floor in Coles Tower 
with several Bowdoin football 
greats, including juniors Oilman 
BarndoUar, Jeb Boudreau, Brandon 
Casten, Mike Costello. Bobby 
Desaulniers, and Chris Wagner. 

"We live with a bunch of the guys, 
so we definitely support them. They 
also keep us in check," Gregory said. 

Brien added, "It's an all around 
great feeling just to be with the guys. 
Hanging out with them, watching 
them, cheering for them all the way." 
.Because the Fansrof-AenWefck are 
around the players both at games and 
during the week, they witness the 
team's cohesion on and off the field. 
Brien noted that you can always see 
the desire to win burning in me play- 
ers' eyes. Brien noted, The guys 
always have a good time and give it 


that the rWrf-the-Week « 
their title, jb^an exctastrc interview 
with the Orient, Boudreau said, 
"Spott and John are kind and sup- 
portive. And they are such studs." 

Robert Desaulniers also recog- 
nizes their spirit In a letter to the 
Orient, he wrote: "John and Scott 
deserve to be the Fans-of-the-week. 
Even though we have not had the 
most incredible success over the last 
few years, they have always support- 
ed the team There are not nwny peo- 
ple who have done this. They have 
faith in the team and in me. 
Sometimes that is all die inspiration a 
player needs.'* 

Jamie Salsich also wanted to show 
his appreciation for Brien and 
Gregory: "They're the rowdiest ones ' 
out there. It's not uncommon to see 
diem with their shirts off and faces 
painted. Every home game they 
wake up at 7 am. to start the pre- 
game breakfast of Polish sausage on 
the grill. A. few beers later, they're 
ready to cheer on the Polar Bears the 
way only they know how. No matter 
the outcome of the game, you can 
always be sure that Scott and John 
are going nuts up there in tiie stands." 

Another special part of football for 
the Fans-of-the-Week is that at the 
games they are able to see their for- 
mer roommate Mike Healey '04, 
whom Brien and Gregory fondly 
refer to as "Dawson." He is an aspir- 
ing filmmaker who masterly wields 
his camera and tapes the football 
games for BCN sports. 

A moment that will forever stick 
out in the Fans-of-the- Week's minds, 
and in those of all Bowdoin football 
fans, was the celebrated win last year 
against Hamilton during Parents 
Weekend. This weeken4al»prpmi$- 
es to be very exciting. when die Polar 
Bears take on the Jumbos from Tufts 
this Saturday. 

Brien and Gregory shared one of 
their original cheers with die Orient. 
They urge each Bowdoin football fan 
to memorize the words and join them 
this weekend at WWticr FkW where 
they might even perform the choreo- 


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The Bowdoin Orient 


October 4, 2002 21 

Stoned Clown eyes nationals NFL c^.11 to arms 

Brendan Dickinson 

Staff Writer 

Playing upon a field recently 
strewn with glass shards, the men of 
Bowdoin's Ultimate Frisbee team, 
a.k.a. the Stoned Clown, took a step 
forward in their quest to qualify for 
nationals with an impressive show- 
ing at sectionals in Fitchburg, 

Despite graduating five experi- 
enced seniors, including two-year 
captain John "Konen" Knapp '02, the 
team finished 4-1 on the day and 
came in third in their division, quali- 
fying for Regionals — one step away 
from the big dance. 

Before a disc could be thrown, the 
fields of the Fitchburg Municipal 
Airport needed to be removed of 
debris from the previous week's air- 
show. Broken bottles, nails, and var- 
ious shards of glass littered the field 
before the clean-up process began. 

Despite the numerous complaints 
from teams, the Ultimate Player's 
Association could only offer the 
assurances that Ambulances would 
be provided if they were needed. 

With the field ready for action, the 
Clown faced MIT's B team and later 
Worchester Poly-Tech's B team. 
Neither of which provided trouble 
for a talented Clown team that last 
year tied MIT A for third place in the 
Sectionals and defeated WPI's A 
team 13-1. 

The two early games were a good 
warm-up for the Clown and allowed 
the younger players to log quality 
playing time. Highlights included 
sophomore Pat 'Teddy" Mahoney's 
interception in MIT's end zone for a 
score (an incredibly rare occurrence 
called a Callahan). Not to be out- 
done, Andrew "Nutz" Fischer 4 05, 
motivated the Clown team with 
infectious energy both on and off the 

playing surface. 

Asked about Teddy's Callahan, 
Nutz simply replied, "I think he 
wanted MIT to know that he is better 
than their entire team, and it motivat- 
ed him to make that ridiculous play." 
The Clown ended up beating MfT B 
15-3 and WPIB 15-1. 

Adam Ringcl, Bowdoin Orient 

Before a due could be thrown, 
the Ultimate Frisbee first had 
to clear the field of debris. 

After a bye, the team played the 
second-seed Swell, a club team from 
Portland. It was a heated battle, in 
which Bowdoin jumped to an early 
6-1 lead, only to see Swell tie it back 
up at 7-7. 

Bismark '04, a team captain, 
called a timeout to help regain Clown 
poise, and Bowdoin came out strong 
and scored to take the half. Captain 

Men's Soccer defeats 
rival NESCAC teams 

SOCCER, from page 18 

Sunday, had a hard time giving his 
goal a fitting description. 

"I've never had a goal in a game 
like that. Coach told me that it was a 
one in a hundred shot. During prac- 
tice, I might make one of those, but 
the other 99 end up in the trees 
(beyond the goal)," said Waters. 

Not to be outdone by his class- 
mate, Russo gave the Polar Bears an 
insurmountable lead six minutes into 
the second half, driving a right foot- 
ed volley into the top right corner of 
the Middlebury net, much to the 
delight of the fans. Hayes, whose 
voice had become hoarse from 
yelling, "Rus-so hot right now," 
apparently was a source of motiva- 
tion for the first year scoring 

'Tex is awesome," said Russo. '1 
was on my way over to celebrate 
with him but my teammates got to 
me first." According to Ainscough, 
fans should not be at all surprised by 
the level of success Russo is experi- 
encing thus far. 

"He is a prolific goal scorer," said 
Ainscough. "He was the top scorer 
in Massachusetts last year as a high 
school senior, and it's mostly a direct 
result of his ability to create his own 

lb focus all on the players who 
score the goals for Bowdoin would 
be a disservice to those whose strong 
play prevents goals. Junior goal- 
keeper Travis Derr has been a com- 

manding force in the box, while 
sophomore Danny Sullivan has been 
solid at all times as the defense's next 
to last resort. Another important fac- 
tor has been sophomore Tommy 
Bresnehan's ability to win headers, 
stopping opponents offensive attacks 
while initiating Bowdoin's. 

Fiery seniors Kevin Folan and 
Bart McMann have been both vocal 
and physical presences on the field, 
bringing experience to a team that 
severely lacks it. What the Polar 
Bears lack in experience, however, 
they have made up for with talent 
and fearlessness. 

This weekend, in front of an 
expected overflow crowd, the 
Jumbos are hoping to build on recent 
success against Bowdoin. Said 
Ainscough, "Tufts has given us prob- 
lems during my tenure here. They 
match up with us extremely well." 

Still matching up well with a team 
is far removed from actually earning 
a win in a hostile environment, which 
is something that no Bowdoin oppo- 
nent has been able to achieve this 
year, a streak the Polar Bears will 
look to build on this Saturday at 

spr/ajc spcak o; 

Alex 'Throat" Rosati '03 said, "It 
was the most poised I've ever seen 
the Clown in my four years." 

In the second half, Bowdoin con- 
tinued to play with fire, and was able 
to trade points to make it 13- 10. Like 
any good team, the Clown dialed it 
up a notch to earn a 15-11 victory on 
a throw from Throat to Tim Mclntire 

Bismark couldn't believe that Tim 
made the catch saying "I was all wor- 
ried, 'cause Timmy never catches 
anything, but he caught it. He must 
have had some special stickem on his 

In the next game, Bowdoin fell to 
its alumni team. Old Fat Clown, and 
then received a forfeit from a high 
school team to come in third overall. 

The Sectional MVP for the Clown 
was clearly Captain Sam "Tupac" 
Terry '04, who played his best game 
as a Polar Bear, or a Clown. Other 
veterans. Free "Workhorse 'Willy'" 
Church '05, Adam "Hieman" Ringel 
'04, Kurt "Cleatus" Jendrek '04, and 
John "Eiffel" Crowcll, turned in 
strong performances. 

When asked to sum up the day, 
Nick "Shaft" Hiebert '03 could only 
say, "It was the new Hotness." 

The Clown is looking forward to 
strong performances as the season 
progresses. Over fall break, they will 
compete at the Clambake, a two-day 
tournament held at Bowdoin that 
draws some of the best teams in the 
nation. And, of course, the fields 
will not be littered with glass. 

The Clown will end the season 
with tournaments at Bates and anoth- 
er at home, which will allow the 
highly talented rookie pool to prove 
their mettle. The Clown's mixture of 
youth and experience will carry the 
team this fall and provide for a bright 



XC takes 
on Div. I 

Grace Cho 

Staff Writer 

What effect does an extra 1000 
meters have in a cross country run- 
ning race? Apparently none, judging 
by the results of the Bowdoin 
Women's Cross Country team this 
past weekend. By placing sixteenth 
as a team against mainly Division I 
competition, the women who ran the 
hilly Van Cortland Park course made 
it look easy. 

The Iona Invitational was the first 
race where the Bowdoin women ran 
the new official race distance of six 
kilometers. Traditionally, all qualify- 
ing and postseason races for women 
running cross country in Division III 
were five kilometers. 

Last spring, however. Division III 
coaches and NCAA members decid- 
ed to change the race distance from 
five to six kilometers in following 
the footsteps of both Division I and II 

Senior captain Bre McKenna 
recalls a little anxiety from race 
morning, "I think most of us were a 
little nervous running a longer dis- 
tance considering cross country is all 
about putting every bit of oneself on 
the course and the prospect of run- 
ning 1000 meters more seems chal- 
lenging to say the feast" 

Still the women never appeared 

I love it when an NFL quarterback 
drops back in die pocket, surveys the 
scene, eludes the pass rush, unleash- 
es a bullet into right coverage, and 
gets intercepted by a defensive back. 
If he does it more than once, it makes 
him all the more endearing. 

The National Football League 
keeps vital statistics to gauge a QB's 
play— completions, total yards, yards 
per attempt and per completion, as 
well as the mystical quarterback rat- 
ing. However, Commish Paul 
Tagliabue and his staff of certified 
math dorks have failed to provide the 
public with a meaningful intercep- 
tion statistic. 

The current statistics lie! The 
interception is not always a bad play 
or a lapse in judgment. A pick can be 
a game-turning, career-defining 
trademark of a winning NFL quarter- 
back. What I refer to is the intercep- 
tion while being aggressive (IWBA 

Simply put, there are two types of 
interceptions — the IWBA and the 
afraid interception (Al - no relation- 
ship to artificial intelligence or Allen 
Iverson). Parenthetically, this is the 
first time, in the history of sports 
reporting that interceptions, aliens, 
and Iverson have been mentioned 
within a single paragraph. 

I hate the AI — a quarterback drops 
back, checks option one and two, 
feels the pocket collapse, fears the 
imminent pass rush, and chucks an 
errant ball into tight coverage. Most 
quarterbacks' stat lines are filled with 
AIs, a stat that reflects the ultimate 
failure of an NFL quarterback— the 
reluctance to sacrifice for the team. 

Jeff George played for five differ- 
ent teams in his 11 year NFL career 
due to his high number of AIs. Of bis 
99 career picks, I would bet that a 
majority were AIs. George put 
enough zip on the ball to make scouts 
and coaches drool, but he simply 
tossed up too many early Christmas 
presents to play in January. 

A second quarterback type is he 
with the high IWBA. Examples 
include Brett Favre. Peyton 
Manning, Drew Bledsoe, and Steve 
McNair. When one of these guys 
throws an interception, it is not 
always reflective of a poor decision- 

Rather, it proves that they are will- 
ing to win the game. They play with 
an aggressive fire that guides their 
actions on the field. However, with 
aggressiveness comes the chance of 
failure, something that these quarter- 
backs must deal with constantly. 

In the NFC Divisional Playoff 
game against the Rams in 2001, Brett 
Favre tossed five interceptions, or 
rather IWBAs, and thus rightfully 
became the goat of the Packers' play- 
off butt However, Brett Favre is 

intimidated by the additional kilome- 
ter they were about to face when 
stepping out on the line on Saturday. 
Head coach Peter Slovenski was able 
to notice that immediately. 

When looking over the team, 
Slovenski said "Everyone in the line 
up had the poise and strength to 
make a success out of our first 6K 
race. M 

Nor did the women appear nerv- 
ous about racing top ranked Division 
I schools. "It was incredible to be 
lined up at the start boxed next to 
Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, Brown, 
Missouri, and so many other top D-I 
teams from around the courtfry," said 
Junior Kala Hardacker. 

Co-captain Libby Barney '03 

■ also the only three-time NFL I 
the history of the game. 

His willingness to lose the game is 
the reason why he continues to be the 
heart and leader of a winning Packers 

Like Favre, Manning was also 
publicly criticized last year by his 
head coach for tossing 23 intercep- 
tions. Many analysts and coaches 
pegged Manning with the responsi- 
bility of a losing season. If the Colts 
are to improve upon last season's 
fiasco. Manning will have to find 
ways to win games, not lose games 
due to his aggressive tendencies. 

Due to the increasingly volatile 
nature of the NFL, many coaches and 
general managers have begun to shy 
away from the signal-callers with 
high IWBA rates. With job security 
increasingly shaky, management dis- 
trusts the quarterback who is willing 
to both win and lose a game. 

For example, after the Colt's dis- 
appointing season, head coach Jim 
Mora was given the boot due to his 
inability to field a solid defense but 
also because of the sub-par play of 

In a similar situation, John Elway 
effectively fired head coach Dan 
Reeves in 1996 by going public with 
his resentment toward the run-orient 
ed offense of the Denver Broncos. 
To appease the gunslinger, owner Pat 
Bowlen brought in offensive guru 
Mike Shanahan. 

In these two cases, the quarterback 
becomes larger than the coach. The 
playbook and the other ten guys who 
line up on offense are subordinate to 
the man behind the center. The team 
wins games it shouldn't, but also 
sometimes loses games that it 
should've won. 

For these reasons, head coaches 
have opted for safer bets— like the 
Raiders' Rich Gannon and the 
Patriot's Tom Brady. These quarter- 
backs don't throw many AIs, but they 
also don't throw many IWBAs either. 

Smartly, they play within the sys- 
tem and rarely improvise outside the 
game plan. Thus, the coach's job is to 
carefully craft a game plan that 
incorporates all 11 players— none of 
which truly stand out 

These guys will win when the 
game plan works, but will lose when 
the opposition presents a superior 
game plan or when talent is superior. 
If asked to mount a comeback 
against a superior team, they will 
flounder. And the coaches know it 

When a QB with a high IWBA 
total is asked to beat a superior team, 
his natural instincts tell him to be 
aggressive and fearless. He might 
lose the game, but he also might 
allow the underdog to steal a victory. 

Suddenly a low interception total 
is not the telltale stat of a good quar- 
terback. The best in the business 
often throw the most. 

added, "We definitely showed people 
that Bowdoin XC can run with the 
Division I schools." 

For Parents Weekend, the 
Bowdoin women will be heading to 
Bates for the Maine State Meet of 
Champions. Barney has already 
made her predictions about the meet: 

"This weekend's state meet will be 
a great experience, as it will be the 
first time that our whole team runs 
together this season. 

If we run intelligently this weekend, 
we will be able to repeat as Maine 
State Champions." 

Can't get enough sports? 
Listen to WBOR, 91.1FM 
on Sunday nights from 
8:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. 

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Men's Tennis team f^gggMggggg; 

TENNIS, from page 20 

co-captain Joyner. 

Three of Bowdoin s top four felt 
the wrath of MIT's fresh lineup, as 
Burke, Joyner, and Keneally were 
each eliminated from tournament 
play by a member of MIT's squad. 
Keneally fell in the round of 32, 
Burke in the quar- 
terfinals, and 
Joyner in the 
semifinals. Felker 
was ousted in the 
round of 64 to 
Wesleyan's top 

In doubles 
action, Burke and 
Keneally lost in 
the round of 16 to 
MIT. while Felker 
and Joyner were 
defeated by 

Williams in the 

Both Williams 
and Middlebury. 
though thought to 
have the upper 
hand in the 
N E S C A C 
because of a new 
crop of self-pro- 
claimed "stellar" 
first-years, were 
also outper- 
formed by MIT. 

The Orient salutes senior Leah 
MoCIure, this week's NESCAC 
Field Hockey player of the week. 
McQure scored four goals in two 
efforts against 
NESCAC rivals. 

Evan Kohn, Bowdoin Orient 

Impecable form: this Polar 
Bear is about to uncork all his 
might into the service. 

"We found out that Middlebury s 
inexperience as a young team might 
be more of a weakness for them than 
expected," said Joyner. "Williams is 
young this year also. The back-to- 
back national champions are going to 
find it very challenging to even make 
the Elite Eight this year." 
While the results of this tourna- 
ment suggest a 
changing of the 
guard in the world 
of NESCAC Men's 
Tennis, Joyner is 
quick to point out 
that the individual 
performances of 
last weekend pro- 
vide little indica- 
tion of a team's 
standing for the 
upcoming spring 

"We got to see 
the best of the best 
this weekend, but 
the results should 
not be taken too 
seriously," said 
"Individually MIT 
is a powerhouse, 
but this says noth- 
ing about how they 
will perform as a 
team. Great team 
chemistry is a 
determining factor 
in college tennis. It is the spring dual 
matches that will separate the teams 
with talent from the talented teams." 

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I Saturday, October 5 

- Women's Soccer at home against 
Tufts College, 11:00 a.m. 

- Men's Soccer at home against 
Tufts College, 12:00 

- Men's XC at Bates College for 
State Meet, 11:30 a.m. 

- Women's XC at Bates College for 
State Meet, 11:30 a.m. 

- Field Hockey at home against 
Tufts College, 1 1 :30 a.m. 

- Football at home against Tufts 
College, 1:30 p.m. 

- Women's Tennis at home against 
Tufts College, 12:00 p.m. 

- Men's Tennis at Bates Invitational, 

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Events Include: 

Bowdoin Coffee House. 

Hillel Shabbat Car\d\e Lighting Service 

Lubin Family Squash Tournament 

Women's and Men's Alumni Rugby Games & Reunions 

Choir Concert 
Meddies Concert 



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October 4, 2002 



Mcnday - Thursday 

Downtown Brunswick 
Photo by Karsten Moran 

Monday, October 7: 

President Mills' 
Office Hours with Students: 

Smith Union, Morrell Lounge, 
12:00-2:00 p.m. 

Italian Table: Thome Hall, 
Pinette Dining Room, 5:30-7:00 

PANEL: DISCUSSION: "Civil Liberties in a New America- 
Bowdoin College will be hosting a "First Monday 2002" event to 
promote discussion on U.S. civil liberties. Guests include a panel of 
speakers and representative from local and national activist organiza- 
tions. Please mark your calendars; it is an event not to miss! 
V.A.C., Kresge Auditorium, 7:00 p.m. 


Monday- Wednesday: 3rd floor, 
H-L library, 8:30-11:00 p.m. 
*Please note, during Fall Break, 
conferences will only be held on 

Wednesday, October 16. * 

Tuesday, October 8: 


Caribbean Popular Culture and Globalization: 

Roundtable discussion and film showing with filmmaker 

Robert Yao Ramesar, University of the West Indies, and 

Shalini Puri, University of Pittsburgh. 

Searles Hall, Room 315, 7:00 p.m. 

Women for Sustainable Development: 

Julie Starr of the National Wildlife Federation will discuss 

careers for college and graduate student females interested in 

sustainable development. E-mail reservations appreciated 


Adams Hall, ES Commons, 8:00 p.m. 

German Table: TKbrne Hall, Pinette Dining Room, 5:00-7:15 p.m. 

Chinese Dining Table: Thome Hall, Hutchinson Room, 5:30-7:00 p.m. 

Bowdoin Democrats: Thome Hall, Mitchell North, 5:30-7:00 p.m. 

Film Discussion and Screening: Trembling Before G-d 

with filmmakerr Sandi DuBowski. DuBowski is an independent 

filmmaker and writer based in New York. His film, Trembling 

Before G-d, documents the coming out of gay and lesbian Hasidic 

and orthodox Jews. This commemorates the 25th Anniversary of 

the Harry Spindel Memorial Lectureship. 

V.A.C., Kresge Auditorium. 7:30 p.m. 

French Table: Pinette Dining Room, 5:00-7:15 p.m. 
Japanese Dining Table: Hutchinson Room, 5:30-7:00 p.m. 

Wednesday* October 9: 


"Things are Going to Get Real Western: Myth, History, and 

Violence in the American West," by Matthew W. Klingle, 

Assistant Professor of History and Environmental Studies. The lecture is 

in conjunction with the Bowdoin College Museum of Art exhibit "The 

Culture of Violence." Walker Art Building. 4:00 p.m. 

"Sand, Surf and Survey: Remote Sensing Off Barrier Islands," 

Dr. Susan Langley, Maryland's state underwater archaeologist, as part of the Archaeology 

Month Lecture Series. Dr. Langley will highlight the challenges of underwater archaeology and 

will present some of the newer approaches to 

site exploration and preservation. Reception to follow. 

V.A.C., Kresge Auditorium. 7:30 p.m. 


Moscow Chamber 


Merrill Auditorium, Portland. For 

tickets and more information, 

call PortTix: 207-842-0800. 

7:30 P.M. 

Thursday, October 1€: 

Presentation and Discussion: "Global Energy Supply and Demand" 
Elizabeth Wilson asks the question, 'Is the U.S. on a Collision Course?' and investi- 
gates our level of responsibility in our environment. Wilson believes we need to 
invest a greater interest in trying to understand the complexity and inter-dependency 
of energy, as humans, as communities and as countries in order to make informed 
economic and environmental decisions. 
Adams Hall, ES Common Room, 4:00 p.m. 

Spanish Table: Pinette Dining Room, 

5:00-7:15 p.m. 
Korean Dining Table: Mitchell North, 

5:30-7:00 p.m. 
International Club: Hutchinson Room, 

5:30-7:00 p.m f 


Bowdoin Christian Fellowship. 

Hubbard Hall, Conference 

Room West, 9:00 p.m. 


Jack McGee's Pub 
9:00 p.m. 

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• NQdVi ^rCXOl^d^ *f ihS Sarah and James Bowdoin Scholar Day 


Bowdoin's own student music and dance groups will 

perform: Mi seel lam a, Ursus Verses, VAGUE, 

the Meddies, and Boca. 

Morrell Gymnasium, 12:30 p.m. 

FILM: Spiderman 
Bowdoin Film 


Sills Hall, Smith 


7:00 p.m. 

Dessert at College Houses! 

Hot cider and cookies will be served 
at the College Houses. Have some 
more dessert and get to know your 

kid's College Houses. 6:30-8:00 p.m. 

Sarah and James Bowdoin 
Scholar Day Exercises: 

Celebration of student scholarly achievement. Keynote 
speaker is Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, President of the 
University of Maryland, and student speaker is Carolyn 
Dion '05. All are welcome for this special celebration. 
No tickets necessary. 
Morrell Gymnasium, 4:00 p.m. 

For Colored Girls Who have 

Considered Suicide When the 

Rainbow is Enuf 

Written by Ntozake Shange and directed by Kerry 

Elson '04. Tickets available at the Smith Union 

Info. Desk:$1.00 

Wish Theater, 8:00 p.m. 


and Justin McKinney! 

Show opens with Justin McKinney, 
nationally reknowned comedian, 

hailing from New York. His 

comedic accomplice, Bob Marley, 

comes to us from just around the 

corner, Portland, Maine! Don't miss 

this funny event. 

Tickets available at the Smith 

Union Info. Desk: 

$5.00 with Bowdoin I.D. 

Morrell Gymnasium, 8:30 p.m. 

Open Discussion with President Barry Mills 

President Mills will lead a discussion concerning 

the academic year and campus life, with deans 

Craig W. Bradley and Craig A. McEwen, along 

with members of the Student Affairs staff. 

Coffee and juice provided. 

Daggett Lounge, Thorne Hall 

9:00- 10:30 a.m. 

Saturday, October 5th: 


Bowdoin Chamber Choir 

and Bowdoin Chorus. 

Bowdoin Chapel, 4:00 p.m. 

Special Faculty Presentations: 

See your program guide for more 

information on these events. It's a 

wonderful opportunity to hear some 

of Bowdoin's prized faculty members 

in their specialized fields. 

11:00- 12:30 p.m. 

Reception for Parents 
of Athletes: 

Pickard Field, 

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Music in the Library Series: 

Student Performances. 

Robert Beckwith Music Library, 

Gibson Hall, 12:00 p.m. 

FILM: Batman 

Bowdoin Film Society. 

Sills Hall, 

Smith Auditorium 

7:00 p.m. 

For Colored Girls Who have 

Considered Suicide When 

the Rainbow is Enuf 

Tickets available at the 

Smith Union Info. Desk: $1.00 

Wish Theater, 8:00 p.m. 

Student Group Performances! 

Arabesque, Boca, the Bowdoin Unity Step Team, 
the Meddiebempsters, Miscellania, Poeting, and 
VAGUE among others, will perform free for all stu- 
dents and their families. Morrell Gymnasium, 8:30 p.m. 


MacMillan House, 10 p.m. 

Sunday, October 6th: 

Parents Weekend 
Fun Run! 

5K run through campus. Register on site 

at the Bowdoin Chapel. Fees benefit the 

Joshua Chamberlain Museum of 

Brunswick. 9:00 a.m. 

Jazz Brunch: Student Musicians will entertain while 

you relax and read your Sunday paper. Tickets: 

$5.00/adults, $2.50/children. 

Thorne Dining Hall, 11:00-1:30 p.m. 


Sixth Annual Outdoor Concert by the 

Bowdoin College Concert Band. 

V.A.C. Plaza, 2:00 p.m. 

Catholk Mass 

Bowdoin Chapel 
4:30 p.m. 

For Colored Girls Who have 

Considered Suicide When 

the Rainbow is Enuf 

Tickets available at the 

Smith Union Info. Desk: $1.00 

Wish Theater, Matinee, 3:00 p.m. 

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October 18, 2002 
Volume CXXXII, Number 5 

Thefts strike sour note 
with music department 

Alec Schley 

Staff Writer 

Three compact discs, on 
reserve for the History of Jazz I 
Music 121 course, were taken 
from the Music Library during 
the last week of September and 
were never returned. The jewel 
boxes for the compact discs were 
returned to the library monitor, 
but the actual discs themselves 
were missing. 

The compact discs, an integral 
part of the course, were held on 
reserve to help students prepare 
for an exam, and their disappear- 
ance proved to be a disadvantage 
to students. 

According to James McCalla, 
the course's professor, "The jazz 
class is built around repeated lis- 
tening to CDs of tunes which are 
covered in some detail in the 
textbook and which I also talk 
about (in more or less detail) dur- 
ing lectures." 

Professor McCalla explained 
how those compact discs were a 
necessary element in preparing 
for the exam. 

"Exams include a listening sec- 
tion in which students have to 
answer questions about what is 
played — not identifying tunes by 
title or performer, but being able 
to hear and describe particular 
musical elements. So these CDs 

are key for being prepared for 
exams," McCalla said. 

It is not clear why someone 
would steal the CDs, but McCalla 
said, "People get crazy before 
exams, and the Music Library 
closes at 1 a.m. So it's perfectly 
possible that someone snuck the 
CDs out, thinking they'd just 
keep them overnight, but then 
never returned them. Who 

He continued, "Even so, there 
is no reason for [stealing the 
CDs]. Stuff for the whole semes- 
ter is on reserve all semester 
long, so it's perfectly possible to 
plan ahead and get the listening 
and studying done before the eve 
of the exam." * 

Stealing the compact discs is 
an act of academic theft and a 
breach of the Academic Honor 
Code. In spite of the seriousness 
of the incident, McCalla does not 
intend to take disciplinary action 
against the culprit if he or she is 

Said McCalla. "I told the class 
this time that I would not [take 
disciplinary action], but that I 
wanted to have a talk with the 
person who took the CDs about 
academic honesty and about the 
college as a community. I also 
alerted Dean McMahon to the 
incident, but just told her I would 
keep her up to speed." 

Foliage heralds fall's arrival 

' ' Karsten Moran, Bowdoin Orient 

Despite warm temperatures, trees around campus are nearing their 
colorful peak and displaying brilliant autumn hues. 

Trustees to 
talk budget, 
writing at 
yearly meeting 

Jonathan Perez 

Staff Writer 

This weekend Bowdoin will host a 
trustees meeting scheduled to last from 
Friday night through Saturday morning. 
The meeting will include all branches of 
the standing committees and will discuss 
financial planning, proposals for a new 
academic building, reconstruction of the 
chapel towers, and issues pertaining to the 
importance of writing at Bowdoin 

Beginning with a plenary session 
Friday afternoon, the financial committee 
will discuss issues regarding investment, 
audits, development, and financial plan- 
ning with a review of the budget 

'The branch of the financial committee 
will meet to discuss reports concerning 
the present and future financial health of 
the college" said Dick Mersereau, 
Secretary of the College. The plenary 
committee expects to continue Saturday 
morning with a meeting about die 
Sarbanes-Oxlcy Act of 2002. an act 
passed in the wake of the Enron fallout 
that pertains only to public institutions 

Meetings commence Saturday morn- 
ing with the third consecutive annual 
trustees meeting with faculty at 7:45 am 
With the intent of bridging the gap 

Please see TRUSTEES, page 2 

Panel examines new era of liberty 

Todd Johnston 

Staff Writer 

Last year's terrorist attacks have 
pushed the issue of civil liberties to 
the forefront of American society. 
The question of whether civil liber- 
ties should be sacrificed in order to 
protect the safety of America presents 
a fine line for the government to toe 
in this new and changing world. 

Last Monday's panel discussion, 
"Civil Liberties in a New America," 
tackled some of these constitutional 
issues. The panel was organized by 
First Monday, a nation-wide annual 

campus-based program of the 
Alliance for Justice, which focuses on 
issues of social justice and encour- 
ages students to become active for 
social change in their college com- 

The majority of the panelists felt 
that the government was abusing civil 
liberties. Daniel Levine, the Thomas 
Bracken Reed Professor of History, 
began the discussion by emphasizing 
that "civil liberty is not a fringe issue. 
Civil liberties are mainstream." 

He provided historical perspective 
about the importance of protecting 

Boathouse dedicated 

David Wilkinson, Bowdoin Orient 

Parents and students were invited to attend the dedication of die 
Smith Boathouse and die Wtttiam Brown, a new boat, at Sawyer 
Park on the Saturday of Parents Weekend. 

civil liberties in order to prevent two 
types of tyrannies: the tyranny of the 
majority and the tyranny of fervor, in 
which "dissent is dangerous." He 
alluded to racially divided times in 
the country's history when speaking 
out could endanger one's life. 

"The surest way of tyranny," he 
said, "is suppressing opinion. 
Freedom of expression must be pro- 
tected; the alternative is ever widen- 
ing suppression and ever increasing 
tyranny... Civil liberties prevent 
tyranny — it's the only basis for dem- 
ocratic government" 

Associate Director of the Maine 
Civil Liberties Union Dorcas 
Gil patrick, who also spoke at 
Bowdoin on the 9/11 anniversary, 
addressed the problems arising from 
the war on terrorism including the 
government's detainment of individ- 
uals without formally charging them. 
She claimed the Bush administration 
was showing "contempt for the rule 
of law" by holding over 1,000 
detainees of Middle Eastern descent 
without filing any charges against 

Please see LIBERTIES, page 2 


College honors scholars 

304 students receive Sarah and James Bowdoin award 

Karsten Moran, Bowdoin Orient 
Students prepare to enter Morrell Gymnasium for the ceremony. 

Bowdoin's Sarah and James 
Bowdoin Day exercises were held 
Friday, October 4, in Morrell 
Gymnasium, to recognize the 
College's highest-ranking scholars. A 
total of 304 students were named 
Sarah and James Bowdoin Scholars, 

with 48 of the Scholars earning Book 

In his welcoming remarks, 
President Barry Mills recounted the 
history of the Bowdoin family: 

Please see AWARDS, page 2 


D.C. sniper raises 

questions on gun control 

Page 5 

For Colored Giris..., Page 10 

v Sports 

Football has Continental 

for breakfast 

Page 12 



October 18, 2002 


The Bowdoin Orient 

Artificial dog elicits real emotions 

Professors robotic creation a result of study in cognition, computer intelligence 

He is made of metal and flashing lights, 
and he whins when he walks, but Aibo, a 
robotic dog. had (he audience "oohing" 
and "awwwing" as though he were a real 
puppy at the Faculty Seminar on 
Wednesday. October 9. 

Enc Chown. assistant professor of 
computer science, came to talk about 
emotional computers and artificial intelli- 
gence Chown told the audience that Aiho 
was a little angry, because he wanted 
attention, and he advised that if Aibo hap- 
pened to walk by a table dunng the talk, 
the appmpnatc response would he to 
stroke his car backward. 

Clxiwn has been studying how emo- 
tion affects cognition and vice versa as 
well as how that comes into play when 
working with artificial intelligence Many 
computer scientists believe that emotions 
impair reality and hamper decision mak- 
ing, and that moots can never be emotion- 

Giown had a different point of view: 
Humans rely on information because we 
don't have sharp claws and big teeth." he 

Eventually, fix computers to go where 
humans cannot go and do things humans 
cannot, or do not want to do. they need to 
he realistic And they need to react, to 
some extent as humans would 

"Emotions are an essential part of what 
makes us. us." Chown said. In situations 
when we might he in danger, we need to 
be able to make split-second decisions: 
""One important way in which wc use our 
intelligence is emotions." Chown 
explained. "Rational thought is not an 
option when encountering a lion." 

He listed several questions humans 
must ask when sizing up a situation: How 
important is the situation ' Is it good or bad 
for me'' Can I handk' it adequately ? "My 
diesis is that emotions system provides 
fast answers to all three of those." he said. 


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Computer science Professor Eric Chown and his robot dog, Aibo. 

diets external reality. 

To make a computer emotional. 
Chown said, it needs to be able to catego- 
rize input (as arousal, pain etc.), to be able 
to index how arousal relates to knowledge 
(when arousal is high, knowledge is 
restricted), and to act in a way that maxi- 
mizes pleasure and minimizes pain For 
example. Aibo is aroused when hears his 

Chown divid- 
ed the emotions However, no matter how good Aibo or any other 
■Jo J* » computer is at interpreting stimuli, they will only 

al. pleasure/pain, be as good as their sensors. 

and clanty/confu- 

name or sees his pink rubber ball. 

"He thinks his ball is pretty cool," 
Chown said Aibo experiences pleasure 
when his ear is rubbed backward or his 
whiskers are stroked, and he experiences 
pain when his ear is robbed forward. He 
can recognize expressions such as "good 
boy" and 'tad dog," which serve to clari- 
fy or confuse. 

"Does this Aibo have emotions?" 
Chown asked "Well, my argument is he is 
doing the exact same thing that we do." 

Aibo interprets stimuli, and those inter- 
pretations affect his behavior in ways 
comparable to humans. His experiences 
also allow him to further refine his emo- 

sion Arousal, the k*vcl of excitement or 
agitation one feels, indicates how impor- 
tant a situation is Pleasure or pain indi- 
cates how good or bad a situation is, and 
the level of clarity or confusion predicts 
how competent one is likely to be in han- 
dling the situation 

Once someone is aroused, the sensation 
of pleasure or pain enhances (he ability to 
evaluate (he situation For example, pain 
usually signifies damage, so feeling pain 
when someone puts his hand on the stove 
will cause him to pull it away. Clarity and 
confusion, even more sophisticated than 
pleasure and pain, have to do with whether 
one's internal model matches or contra 

tional response. In addition, his behavior is 
also hard to predict, just as it would be 
with any emotional creature. 

However, no matter how good Aibo or 
any other computer is at interpreting stim- 
uli, they will only be as good as their sen- 
sors. Developing better sensors, such as 
lasers and cameras, is a large part of AI 
research. One of humans' most distin- 
guishing characteristics is 
our ability to distinguish 
what we hear and see. 
1 om y 'That's the hardest 

thing that we do." Chown 
said, "recognizing people 
and objects." 

Regardless of how emotional Aibo is, it 
was dear he struck an emotional chord 
with his audience. Many people gathered 
around to watch him and pet him after the 

"I'm a computer scientist," Chown 
said, "and I have a hard time doing what I 
just did — ignoring him." 

— Courtesy of The Bowdoin Sun 

Lecture focuses on post-911 1 constitutional issues 

UBERTIES, from page I 

In addition to the current political 
issues addressed in the panel discus- 
sion, the participants encouraged stu- 
dents to gel involved in causes that 
they believe in. As Ramsay Fifield, a 
prison rights advocate, said. "Find 
that thing that is deeply wrong and set 
out to right it." 

Panelist Eli Pariser. a recent college 
graduate and founder of the 9- 
I website, was an example 
of activists the participants wanted to 
see more of on campuses. Over the 
past year, his website has garnered the 
support of over half a million people 
worldwide in an effort for peace. 
Pariser read a moving- email he 
recently received fronfagroup of stu- 
dents in Belgrade. The students' 
email related their experience of the 
war in Bosnia and the killing of inno- 

cent civilians to the potential war in 
Iraq. . 

Yet the overall theme to the discus- 
sion remained the need to protect 
against civil liberties violations occur- 
ring in America due to the war on ter- 
rorism. Fifield reminded students. 
"The first line of defense is you. If 
you don't use them [your civil liber- 
ties], you lose them." 

Jerry Edwards '04 ended the dis- 
cussion with a comment to the panel 
that questioned the government's atti- 
tude toward civil liberties violations 
in the name of combating terrorism. 
He referred to the phrase, "United We 
Stand" that has been formed as a pub- 
lic response to the 9/11 attacks. He 
rhetorically asked, "What does that 
mean? We're for our country, but is 
our country for us? What you're all 
talking about... this is important 

Trustees discuss budget 

TRUSTEES, from page 1 

between trustees and faculty, the meeting 
will be fairly open and informal. 'The 'No 
Agenda' format was initially set up to 
open the dialogue between trustees and 
faculty creating dearer lines of communi- 
cation" said Mersereau. 

Afterwards, trustees will discuss on (he 
importance of writing at Bowdoin, and 
how the College can expand its emphasis 
on writing beyond the Writing Program 
initiative. Speakers will include Craig 
McEwen. Dean for Academic Affairs; 
Kathleen O'Connor. Director of the 
Writing Project, and Marilyn Reizbaum, 
Professor of English and chair of the 

Finally an 11:30 am gathering in 
Thome will feature class of 1979 alumna 
Joan Benok Samudson's induction into 
the AthleucHall of Honor at the inaugural 
ceremony. Samuebon won the Boston 
Marathon in 1979 while still studying at 
Bowdoin and eventually made her name 
in history as the first woman to ever win 
the LosAngdes Marathon in 198-1 Other 
inductees indude C Nets Corey '39, JiH 
Bemangh a m benhart '86. Ken Martin 
69. and Sidney J. Watson. 

Annual lighting walk 
iUuminates unsafe areas 

Evan S. Kohn 

Orient Staff 

The annual Lighting Walk is an event 
involving Bowdoin students, security 
workers, and electricians that travel 
around campus on a designated evening 
to discover areas of campus that are in 
need of new lighting or lighting repairs. 
This year's walk, the eighth since 1996, 
took place on 
October 8, a night 
chosen because 
there was a new 
moon and no lunar 
light to bias obser- 

included walk- 
leader and Assistant 
Director of Security Louann Dustin- 
Hunter, head electrician Rick Minot, 
Director of Security Bruce Boucher, and 
members of the Residential Life staff. 

"It was helpful to have an electrician 
with us because we then could know 
how expensive the lights would be as 
well as the level of feasibility to make 
each repair," said Dustin-Hunter. 
Although students were invited via the 
Student Digest none participated this 

"From the walk, 20 suggestions were 
made regarding light repairs and changes 

Many of the problem 
areas this year were 
with flashing bulbs in 
lights put up by 
Central Maine Power 
on Maine Street. 

on various locations around campus. In 
addition, five students emailed proposals. 
In some places, the group discovered that 
lights were just out so all they needed to 
do was file a work order," said Dustin- 
Hunter. She noted that fewer suggestions 
are made each year. 

Moreover, the walk is not the only 
time that the College keeps its eyes open 
for needed changes 
with campus lighting. 

"Security calls in on 
a regular basis through- 
out the year if lights 
need repairs," said 
Dustin-Hunter. All 
reports, including the 
ones from the Lighting 
Walk, are sent to the 
director of facilities, Dave De Angclo 

Many of the problem areas this year 
were with flashing bulbs in lights put up 
by Central Maine Power on Maine 
Street. In such cases, the Facilities 
Department contacted CMP to have 
them fix the appropriate lights. 

Dustin-Hunter added, "We would 
love to see more students participate in 
the walk in future years." If students 
would like to inquire about places on 
campus in need of light or lighting 
repairs, they can contact Dustin-Hunter 

Student and guest speakers highlight awards ceremony 

AWARDS, from page I 

'Today we remember our founders 
and meet to celebrate the achievements 
of our scholars.. ..[Our students] are 
what Bowdoin is all about a com- 
munity of informed individuals... [who 
develop] judgment and 

sensitivity.. .and understand other 
points of view." 

On Sarah and James Bowdoin Day, 
held during Parents Weekend, speech- 
es are delivered by an outstanding stu- 
dent and a highly recognized practi- 
tioner in one of the liberal arts disci- 
plines. This year's speakers were 
Carolyn Dion '05 and Dr. Freeman A. 
Hrabowski, President of the University 
of Maryland, Baltimore County. 

Dion, a Latin scholar who plans to 
major in classics and minor in eco- 
nomics, gave a speech titled 'Taking it 
With You." She spoke about her sum- 
mer internship at a Boston brokerage 
firm, where she found herself filing 
papers all day ("rediscovering the 
alphabet") alongside former Ivy 
Leaguers and business school gradu- 
ates still scraping to get ahead despite 
eight years of college. 

While her first real encounter with 
the business world left her leery, she 
stressed that her liberal arts education 
and study of Latin would prepare her 
to maintain an even keel through life: 
"As Cicero would say, if wisdom is 
attainable, let us not only win, but 
enjoy it'" , * 

Hrabowski delivered the talk 
"Education for the 21st Century: 
Creating a Climate of Success for AH 
Students," and encouraged students to 
ask "who am I, why am I here, what's 
the significance of this experience and 
education, and where will it lead us?" 

"Take die time to think about the 
significance of a college education," 
he said. "In education the idea has to 
be I'm here to see the light' You're 
here to learn, to think, to read about 
ideas of all types, to learn about you 
and the people around you..Get to 
know people from all over the world, 
appreciate the differences in human 

Hrabowski recounted how, in his 
youth, he went to jail with Dr. Martin 

Luther King. "I learned the power of 
the individual to change the world 
[and] the significance of education is 
that it's never over," he said. 

Sarah and James Bowdoin scholar- 
ships are awarded each fall on the 
basis of work completed the previous 
academic year. The award is given to 
the 20 percent of all eligible students 
with the highest grade point averages. 

Book Awards are presented to every 
Sarah and James Bowdoin Scholar 
who earned a GPA of 4.00. The award 
bears a replica of the early College 
bookplate serving to distinguish the 
James Bowdoin Collection in the 

The Almon Goodwin Prize, present- 
ed to members of Phi Beta Kappa cho- 
sen by vote of the Board of Trustees of 
the College, was bestowed upon 
Matthew Harry Magenheim '03, 
Travis Adam Patten '03, and Monica 
Lynn Skoge '03, all of whom also 
served as student marshals. 

Other Phi Beta Kappa members 
from the Class of '03 are Elizabeth 
Anne Barney, Erica Michelle Bellamy, 
Leah Dania Christensen, Angela Rose 
Commito, Andrew Thomas Dunn. 
Liesl Finn, Maggie Ann Fntz-Morkin, 
and Abbie Ann Klein. 

The recognition of James Bowdoin 
Scholars began in 1941 to honor those 
undergraduates who distinguish them- 
selves by excellence in scholarship and 
to commemorate the Honorable James 
Bowdoin III (1752-1811), fust patron 
of the College. James Bowdoin III, 
who asked that the College be named 
after his father, was an agriculturist an 
art and book collector, and a diplomat 
who served as Thomas Jefferson's 
minister plenipotentiary to Spain from 
1804 to 1808. 

In 1997, by faculty vote, the com- 
memorative day and distinction as 
scholar were changed to recognize 
both Sarah and James Bowdoin, who 
were married from 1780 until his 1811 
death. Like her husband, Sarah 
Bowdoin gave many gifts to me 
College, including most of the 
Bowdoin family portraits, which were 
bequeathed to the College upon her 
death v 

The Bowdoin Orient 


October 18, 2002 


Grading system still under scrutiny 

Last April, when the Faculty voted to change Bowdoin's grading system, 
many students objected Six months later, these objections have increased Only 
a month and a half into the school year, a vocal campus has been voicing its 
concern over a transformation in the academic atmosphere. 

The change from a five-point grading system to one with pluses and minus- 
es was supported by 61 percent of the Faculty in last year's vote. Of the 70 vot- 
ing professors, 45 were in favor while 29 dissented Many of those in favor 
backed the proposition only if it was passed by a large margin; one professor 
attempted to initiate a new vote because he did not feel the system should be 
changed by such a slight majority in opinion. 

Professors in favor of the adjustment stated in the April S, 2001 issue of the 
Orient that the new system will add greater accuracy and distinction among stu- 
dent work. One faculty member maintained that most students had not known 
of the five-point system before coming to Bowdoin. It is incorrect to assume 
this, and it would be difficult to believe that during the junior/senior year of high 
school even a third of our student body overlooked this fact. The decision to 
attend school here was made partially because of the less stringent grading sys- 
tem and the academic tone it set. 

However, the main argument for the grading change is that previously the 
system could not distinguish between an 89 and an 80. Many students gave just 
enough effort to hold onto a B, rather than work harder for an A. With the new 
system, extra effort will be rewarded by a better grade, but it still inevitably 
changes the atmosphere Bowdoin has been known for. 

An increase in attention to details and focus of specific grades is beneficial to 
the work ethic of each individual. However, the desire of 1600 students who 
expect close attention from professors can easily cause conflict. Office hours 
have become increasingly hard to schedule and will worsen as the number of 
papers and tests increase. Towards the end of each semester each plus and 
minus will be accounted for, with students lining up to get an extra edge. 

The decision to change the grading system without waiting for at least the 
Class of '03 to graduate is evidence of a self-interested choice. While the 
Faculty does and should dictate all curriculum and teaching frameworks, 
including major/minor requirements, the ability to alter a student's experience 
even one year into Bowdoin is unwarranted. Will every graduate have to 
explain the reasons he or she never received a plus prior to the 2002-03 school 

Professors voted for the plus-minus system because they would like to accu- 
rately assess work and effort Others value a comfortable academic atmosphere 
more than the extra .3 on the GPA scale. Both should consider a revision of the 
system in favor of a more democratic policy. During the selection of majors and 
minors during their sophomore year, students should also be given the freedom 
to decide how their transcript will appear. The present system would be used 
throughout the four years at Bowdoin, but the final record would show plus and 
minus at each individual's discretion. This would not alter a professor's ability 
to evaluate students, and could alleviate what will become an ever-increasing 
concentration on GPA. 

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When the rainbow is enough: Act II 

To the Editors: 

After perusing around campus and 
through Smith Union this past week 
during daily routines, my eyes required 
several minutes of adjustment. At 
every corner, I encountered rainbow 
streamers and signs exclaiming "Gay 
Friendly Space" in honor of this 
week's national theme: coming out of 
the closet and embracing one's gay 
identity. Why such a feat is funneled 
into one heightened week of primary 
colors, I am still trying to decipher. 

As an openly gay individual, these 
screaming proclamations of my sexual 
identity caused waves of slight agita- 
tion. I have been constantly thinking to 
myself over the past week, "Isn't 
Bowdoin already supposed to be a 
place of acceptance and friendliness 
towards gays? If we are trying to 
change something, then what is cur- 
rently wrong?" In my opinion, such 
extreme visible actions do not succeed 

divide the student body. Vulgar chalk 
images merely propagate stereotypes 
about gays being overly sexual and 
perverse. For those among us in the 
Bowdoin community who do not 
accept or embrace homosexuality, 
these visuals only serve to reinforce 
dangerous binarisms and increasingly 
portray gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and 
transgendered individuals as "foreign," 
"other-worldly," or "sick," and as peo- 
ple that require forced acceptance. My 
rewarding experiences and friendships 
with many diverse people at Bowdoin, 
though challenging at times, have been 
anything but forced. 

I am, and will continue to be, an avid 
supporter of gay rights and gay equali- 
ty. After all, many aspects of my life 
are dependent on such social phenom- 
ena. Sexual preference, though highly 
cultural, is also a personal identity. It 
need not be the fust thing that you 
introduce about yourself, especially in 
an intellectual or professional environ- 
in unifying this campus, but rather ment. My ideals have always encour- 

Finding the unexpected right here 

aged me to get to know people first and 
foremost and then to celebrate their 
individuality. I believe that most peo- 
ple at this school conduct their rela- 
tionships in a similar fashion. 

Although I commend such groups as 
the Gay-Straight Alliance and other 
cultural organizations for their accom- 
plishments and support, we are all far 
more than images of the rainbow or 
resentful sex-driven statements, and 
need not restrict ourselves to the com- 
munity as such. 

In fact, to do so in such a contrived 
manner is counterproductive and 
entirely unnecessary at Bowdoin 
College. Of course sexuality is an 
issue to be discussed, but do we really 
need to revert back to the employment 
of simple childlike images in order to 
establish a unifying discourse? I cer- 
tainly hope not. 


Ryan A. Malloy '04 

To the Editors: 

Upon reading "Experiencing the 
Unexpected," a feature in a recent issue 
of the Orient, I found myself wonder- 
ing why Todd Johnston, along with 
many other curious Bowdoin students, 
seek these unique experiences in such 
geographically remote places. 

While I agree that traveling to other 
countries provides an important oppor- 
tunity to gain a better understanding of 
other cultures and ourselves, what is 
wrong with looking for these unex- 
pected experiences in our own back- 
yard? Why can't we, as members of 
the Brunswick community, take a 
vacation, or in this case a brief walk 
into the neighborhood and simply initi- 
ate a dialogue with people? Let me 
assure you that in many cases you will 
discover the unexpected in a way that 
hits home in a more direct manner than 
learning that many people don't speak 
English in China. 

It has always struck me as an odd 
irony that Bowdoin students are very 
interested in understanding and active- 
ly participating in issues pertaining to 
the world's problems, yet the complex- 
ities and tensions of our local commu- 
nity go unnoticed. I will admit that I 
myself fall victim to this irony. I don't 
have any clear solutions, but I merely 
wish to address this phenomenon and 
challenge myself and the Bowdoin 
community to learn about the lives of 

our neighbors, which in many cases 
prove to be very different from our 

On a campus that seems to pride 
itself on seeking out diversity and 
understanding other cultures, I find it 
interesting to note how this effort 
affects our conception of community 
involvement and service. I would 
argue that many of the more visible 
forms of community service on this 
campus involve actively helping out 
individuals of geographically distant 
cultures. While I admire and encour- 
age the efforts of those involved in 
these activities, I can't help but be wary 
of some of the underlying thoughts 
behind these acts of compassion. I fear 
that some may view these cultures as 
exotic, or put another way, that which 
encompasses the "other." 

This manner of thinking serves to 
distance us from these cultures, creat- 
ing a dangerous binarism in which we 
establish a relationship in which it is 
"us" helping "them" In terms of com- 
fort zones, we find it easier to help 
these people who retain a certain 
degree of separation. 

But what about the diverse group of 
people living in Brunswick who have 
the same color skin and shop in the 
same stores as we do? Why the hesita- 
tion to expose ourselves to the unex- 
pected that manifests itself in our daily 
lives? How is it that our comfort zone 
can extend to a group of people thou- 

sands of miles away and not to the per- 
son that just walked past you on Maine 
Street? In terms of the formulation of 
binarisms, are the residents of 
Brunswick "us," "them," or do they 
occupy a gray area in between? I don't 
have answers to these questions, but by 
the sheer virtue of thinking about these 
issues, perhaps we can begin to realize 
the great and direct opportunity the 
community has to offer us, and recip- 
rocally, acknowledge our obligation to 
contribute to our own neighborhood. 

All things said, I would like to 
applaud the many Bowdoin students 
who have already taken this critical 
step and have actively contributed to 
realizing the benefits of local interac- 
tion and service. Also, I don't want to 
take anything away from those who 
have discovered the joys of embracing 
the unexpected on a more global scale, 
as this also addresses important issues. 
Action is always supenor to inaction I 
merely want to challenge myself (a rel- 
atively non-active proponent of com- 
munity service) and others to think 
about the virtues of community 
involvement at the local and global 
levels. Hopefully, these thoughts will 
help lead to more enriching active par- 
ticipation that will benefit both the 
Brunswick and world community. 


Jordan Parman '04 

Barroom tactics in funded research? 

To the Editors: 

In January 2002, an Op Ed written 
by Bowdoin Professor David Page 
appeared in the Anchorage Daily 

The piece criticized new research 
that showed that the 1989 Exxon 
Valdex (sic.) oil spill continues to 
plague the Prince William Sound 

In a common industry strategy used 
when science won't suffice. Dr. Page 
attacked the credibility of the study's 
author, and questioned the veracity of 
his research. Dr. Page's serious allega- 
tions led to an inquiry. Now, however, 
an independent review of the study by 
the National Academy of Sciences, 
among others, has vindicated the 
research, describing it as "rigorous, 
well designed and executed" 

While there should always be room 

for open and honest scientific debate, 
legitimate concerns arise as industry- 
funded scientists resort to barroom tac- 
tics to discredit research with which 
they disagree. A review of Professor 
Page's site (http://academic.bow- /D/dpage/html/oil- 
spill.shtml) provides a laundry list of 
oil companies that have funded his 
work, including Exxon, Amoco 
Transport, Mobil Foundation, Texaco, 
Chevron, Olympic Petroleum, and the 
American Petroleum Institute. 

Just like we don't want Enron mak- 
ing national energy policy, so too 
should we give careful consideration to 
oil industry-funded research when 
assessing oil spill effects. 

Academic freedom and rigorous sci- 
entific debate are cornerstones of our 
American education system For this 
very reason, students, faculty, and 
administrators alike have a duty to ask 

hard questions about oil industry-fund- 
ed research at Bowdoin College. 


Bob Shavelson 
Homer, Alaska 

Bob Shavelson is a public interest advo- 
cate who has worked on clean water and pol- 
lution issues for the past 15 years. 

EDITOR'S NOTE: Professor David 
Page replies: (T)he letter from this per- 
son., contains numerous inaccuracies and 
is misleading. For example, the National 
Academy of Science (sic.) declined to 
review the work that I rightly criticized 
Our work has also been supported over the 
years by many non-industry sources, 
including the State of Maine-— hardly an 
industry group. I don't think the Orient 
does its readership a service by providing a 
platform for those engaging in eco-politics. 
It is unfortunate that you 're publishing this. 

October 18, 2002 


The Bowdoin Orient 


Now that Bush has the power, how should he use it? 


The Iraqi question: to fight... 

Todd Buell 


The last two fall breaks I have host- 
ed large groups of fnends in my home- 
town, which is near Acadia National 
Park Back year we have hecn amidst 
the calm of the park while storms were 
developing in the political world l>ast 
year, on a ensp and clear autumn day. 
we sat in a Bar Harbor call 4 as word 
arrived thai the United States was 
beginning its bombing in Afghanistan 

Despite the anxiety following the 
attacks of 9/11. the nation's sense of 
clarity and purpose was defined We 
had been attacked and we were "bring- 
ing justice" to those who had attacked 

This year most of our time in Acadia 
was spent under cloudy skies and I 
couldn't help but view the weather as a 
metaphor for the political times in 
which we live today Ours is a world 
that is gray, cloudy, and uncertain. The 
clarity of purpose that encompassed all 
of our military activities last year has 
mostly evaporated Our country is 
nearly evenly divided on the merits of 
a war against Iraq 

I do not say this as a way of assert- 
ing moral superiority over those who 
oppose an altack on Iraq This immi- 
nent war is not as clearly justified as 
the invasion of Afghanistan was last 
year This is an altack that warrants 
thoughtful and reasoned debate and we 
should not judge each other*! patriot- 
ism" based on opinions in this war. 
However. I believe an attack on Iraq is 

President Bush outlines the justifica- 
tion for an attack on the notion that 
Hussein is evil and is amassing 
weapons of mass of destruction. Bush 
defends these accusations fairly well. It 
is common knowledge that Hussein 

his own people as is beautifully and 
graphically outlined in an article by 
Jeffrey Goldberg in 77k- New Yorker 
last March. 

Hussein has not allowed weapons 
inspectors into his country since 1998; 
this is a direct violation of U.N resolu- 
tions that Iraq signed allowing for the 
end of the 1991 Gulf War. Therefore it 
is likely that Hussein is cultivating 
weapons of mass destruction, which 
could include chemical weapons, bio- 
logical weapons, and perhaps even 
nuclear weapons. 

Some argue that Hussein is a sur- 
vivalist; he will not attack aggressively 
and thus we should not provoke him 
with an invasion. I disagree with this 
for two reasons. First of all, he has 
attacked aggressively. He invaded 
Kuwait in August of 1990, which 
prompted the U.N. resolution authoriz- 
ing the Gulf War. Secondly, we cannot 
allow him to collect weapons of mass 
destruction because, even if he doesn't 
use them himself, he could potentially 
hand them off to Al-Qaeda or other ter- 
rorist networks. 

We also know that Hussein attempt- 
ed to cultivate nuclear weapons in the 
early 1980s but a covert Israeli raid 
thwarted that effort. As George Will 
pointed out in a November 2001 col- 
umn. Hussein's lack of a nuke made 
our invasion of Iraq easier during the 
Gulf War. Therefore, it is imperative 
that we keep Hussein from acquiring a 
nuclear weapon because if he has one. 
he could invade his neighbors with 

Regardless of his actual arsenal, we 
cannot allow Saddam Hussein to stay 
in power because to do so would 
undermine the relevance of the United 

Hussein has repeatedly defied the 
United Nations since agreeing to reso- 

has engaged in mass genocide against 




Rots Butschek '06 

"Don't honk 
at my ass." 

m% Uz, and Pat '03 

"Stop using the PCs 
in Smith Union." 

Courtney Wagner '06 

"Really, who carries 

a monkey on 

their shoulder?." 

Gmorgm P. 

"Sorry my friend 
pissed on the hood of 
your car." 

■^— ^^^m { Matt Roy 

lutions allowing for an end to the Gulf 

If the United Nations will not force 
him to comply with unfettered 
weapons inspections or authorize his 
removal from power, then they are 
truly "irrelevant" as President Bush 
intimated in his September 12 speech 
to the U.N. General Assembly. The 
United Nations must recognize that 
sometimes force is required to secure 
global stability. 

Sitting anywhere in Acadia National 
Park reminds one both of man's meek- 
ness among nature's largesse and of the 
fortune that we have in the United 
Slates to possess the foresight and 
prosperity to preserve such lands. 
Tyrants do not respect nature and 
Saddam Hussein is a tyrant whose 
reign in Iraq threatens the security of 
the United States and the world. 
Allowing him to cultivate weapons of 
mass destruction not only makes our 
buildings, airplanes, and transportation 
vulnerable, it also threatens our free- 
dom to enjoy the small things in life, 
such as national parks. 

Seeing the beaming smiles of 
dozens of my friends this past week- 
end, I know that these small pleasures, 
national parks, community theaters, lit- 
tle league baseball, etc. are what stim- 
ulate and define us as Americans, and 
that we must fight to save them before 
Saddam, or a beneficiary of his mali- 
cious generosity such as Al-Qaeda, 
robs us of our soul. 

Katherine Crane 


George W. Bush evidently feels 
that the U.S. doesn't have enough 
problems. You would think that one 
terrorist sniper loose in the 
Washington area would be plenty, not 
to mention one terrorist network that 
we haven't managed to find, let alone 
punish for the September 1 1 attacks. 

But that's not enough for Dubya. 
Never mind that Al-Qaeda, which 
only a year ago we were going to hunt 
down and destroy, is still around, or 
that a terrorist organization allegedly 
linked to it just killed more than 180 
people in Bali. And never mind that 
people in D.C., Maryland, and 
Virginia can't go to the store or fill up 
on gas without half-expecting to be 
shot dead at any moment. No, as far 
as Bush is concerned, none of those 
things are really important enough for 
the United States government to both- 
er with. So if the terrorism that has 
already happened isn't our first prior- 
ity, and terrorism that's happening 
right now isn't either, then what is? 
Naturally, terrorism that hasn't hap- 
pened yet. Terrorism that, according 
to the CIA, probably won't happen — 
unless the U.S. starts a war with Iraq. 

On Wednesday, Bush signed the 
resolution that gives him the power to 
use force against Iraq. He explained 
that Iraq poses "a serious and grow- 
ing threat to peace." If Bush ever had 
to buy his own gas, or even walk out- 
side in DC, he'd look at it another 
way. "This nation will not live at the 
mercy of any foreign power or plot," 

...or not to /ight? 

Bush said. He apparently forgot 
about the foreign power that already 
attacked us and didn't seem at all 
concerned about any domestic pow- 
ers or plots. Except, of course, plots 
by the Democrats to win the election 
in 2004. 

But it's always easier to solve a 
problem that doesn't exist, and it may 
be that Bush's failure to catch Osama 
bin Laden has convinced him it's best 
not even to try. If we forget about Al- 
Qaeda, we won't have to see any 
more videos of Osama bin Laden in a 
cave laughing at us. And if the sniper 
investigation remains in the hands of 
the Montgomery County police 
department, there's no chance for the 
FBI to be embarrassed by its own 
failure. Bush has developed a unique 
foreign policy: instead of solving a 
problem, just create a new one. He 
uses a conflict like some people use a 
credit card: spend until the bills come 
and then start a new account. 

Meanwhile, people continue to be 
killed in terrorist attacks, and the 
D.C. area police continue to wait for 
murders and then play tag with the 
killer. Bush continues to ignore this, 
in the same way that he ignored the 
warning from the CIA that an attack 
on Iraq will unleash terrorism rather 
than prevent it. Once that happens, I 
imagine. Bush will simply create a 
new enemy to focus on, and leave the 
problem of Iraqi terrorism to solve 

From Boulder to Brunswick 

Lara Jacobs 


For those of you winding down 
from parents weekend last Monday 
night, you might have caught the pre- 
mier of Everwood on the WB. 
Originally excited by the prospect of a 
Colorado-based show, since many of 
the prime time sitcoms are set in the 
east, my enthusiasm quickly turned 
sour as I watched every stereotype of a 
small mountain town complete with 
two rival doctors play out. 

I cringed at the thought of what 
would be added to the list of pre-con- 
ceived notions people have about 
Boulder, Colorado and about me — liv- 
ing on a ranch, skiing to school, eating 
tofu, driving an SUV and camping 
most weekends. The irony is that peo- 
ple in Boulder, including my pre- 
Bowdoin self, have just as many off- 
beat notions about Maine. For gradua- 
tion I received at least five sets of hand 
and feet warmers for the "unbearably" 
cold winter I would soon be facing — 
explorers heading to the Yukon have 
fewer down vests and fleeces than are 
hanging in my closet. Many people 
picture rugged Mainers. decked out in 
their L.L Bean outerwear, eating lob- 
ster for most meals. 

Although humorous, these far- 
fetched scenarios are disturbing in 
what they say about Americans. 
According to David Brooks, author of 
Bobos in Paradise, in his essay from 
the November issue of the Atlantic 
Monthly, "Most Americans have 
entered their own little worlds of self- 
validation and know very little about 
their countrymen outside. Each seg- 
ment of society becomes a purer ver- 
sion of itself as the nation as a whole 
becomes more static." Thus the prob- 
lem with pre-conceived notions is that 
they evolve into stereotypes that in turn 

become judgments and prejudices. 

In reality, I've never owned a pair of 
cowboy boots or ridden a horse; I can't 
stomach tofu and think SUVs are ruin- 
ing the environment, and my pre-orien- 
tation trip was my first time ever camp- 
ing. The image of Boulder as a hippy- 
haven with plenty of LSD, marijuana, 
and dreadlocks is itself outdated — the 
Volkswagen vans were replaced with 
Audis years ago. Similarly, J. Crew and 
Banana Republic must give L.L. Bean 
a run for its money as the most tra- 
versed store in Freeport. So far, I've 
been wearing sundresses while it froze 
in Colorado, and I have actually met 
some Mainers who don't eat seafood, 
proving the ridiculousness of assump- 

However, it has taken time to adjust 
to some of the actual differences 
between Bowdoin and Boulder. In 
Boulder, snobbery is based on materi- 
alism — what sort of car you drive or 

how large your house is, but here social 
hierarchies revolve around who you 
are — what county you're from m 
Connecticut, what prep school you 
attended, or what your parents do for a 
living. Although it's been difficult at 
times, getting out of my "social 
milieu," as Brooks puts it, has enabled 
me to base my opinions on observa- 
tions rather than on stereotypes. If I 
hadn't ventured north (and east), I 
never would have learned the term 
"wicked" or experienced the faster 
pace of life here. Conversely, the more 
we travel and observe other people and 
places, the more we discover who we 
are and appreciate where we come 
from. So, to quote Brooks, "It would 
be nice . . .if everybody spent some 
time playing sociologist, and learned 
about the strangers who are our fellow 
citizens". Who knows, you might just 
learn something about yourself in the 

The Bowdoin Orient 


October 18, 2002 

Big Brothers 




Bowdoin webcams are a novel idea, 
despite the fact that they are reminis- 
cent of Orwell's 1984. Anywhere, any- 
time we can hop on our website and 
check out the action on the quad, or the 
dining hall for that matter. 

With a computer and an internet 
connection, you can check out who is 
strutting their stuff in the Union or who 
just dropped their tray in the dining hall 
from anywhere in the world. While 
these webcam views are great and 
interesting, the following places could 
provide some really great entertain- 

Watson Fitness Center: Forget the 
dining hall, the weight room in Smith 
Union would be far more entertaining. 
Not only could you check up on the lat- 
est "Bowdoin's strongest person," but 
you could figure out how to use the 
stairmaster before you get to the gym 
and fall flat on your face. There should 
be some censorship, however. Men in 
spandex on the elliptical machine 
should surely be blacked out. Nobody 
wants to see that — nobody. 

Tower Elevators: This webcam 
would provide hours of entertainment. 
People alone in the elevators do things 
they would never do in public. When 
one feels as though nobody's watching, 
all inhibitions cease, and god knows 
what happens thereafter. Elevators on 
the weekend plus large drunken 
groups, lost couples, and people push- 
ing buttons they should never touch 
create some great situations. In fact, a 
weekend of elevator webcam fiascos 
would cause anybody to use the stairs, 
even those at the very top of the tower. 
Professors would even hike it up to the 
sixteenth floor for their seminars after 
getting a glimpse of weekend elevator 
action. I'd definitely quit the elevator 
cold turkey. 

SocialpHouse Dance Floors: This 
web shot would be ideal for any upper- 
classman scoping out the new faces. 
Ideal too for any cooped up library 
geek itching to go out on a Friday night 
but just can't Not only will you see 
ridiculous dance moves and awkward 
socializing, but you may also see 
someone swing from the ceiling 
Christmas lights — in a moment of 
Tarzan inspiration — and fall uncere- 
moniously into the middle of the house 
dance floor. You laugh, but it has hap- 

Senior Pub Night: First off, you can 
laugh at all the underclassman trying to 
schmooze with the seniors a) to look 
cool and b) to get someone to buy them 
a Rolling Rock. This webcam should 
only be in operation after 11:15 p.m. 
when the hyped up bowling crowd 
gives the pub some life. As far as danc- 
ing, senior pub night will show you the 
do's and don'ts of dancing in one sit- 
ting. There are two extremes at the 
pub: the good dancers and the dancers 
who think they're great because the 
three beers they had told them so. A 
webcam here will let you decide for 

Electronic Classroom: Before you 
hit the library, you can check the ten- 
sion levels in "H and Hell." You can 
also see the lifeless expression of 
stressed students desperately trying to 
write a last-minute paper, and taunt 
them from the comfort of your own 
room. You can even watch the nerd 
bell joh the studious typers from their 
seats at one in the morning. 

While all these places would surely 
provide some great entertainment, I'm 
sure most of us would hale to see web- 
earns put up in die pub or elsewhere. 
It's all fun and games until your parents 
get ahold of the webshots. 

D,C. sniper has America up in arms, spurs debate 

Gil Barndollar 


At the time of Ms writing, die D.C 
sniper has killed nine and wounded 
two, terrorizing our nation's capital in 
the process. By choosing completely 
random victims, the sniper has driven 
people in the D.C. suburbs indoors and 
created a climate of fear, as roadblocks 
and police helicopters have become 
common sights. It has been two weeks 
since the killings began, and the police 
have no suspect. Yet in spite of the fail- 
ure of the authorities to stop this 
deranged killer, the response of many 
in America, particularly those on the 
left, is to call in the government. 

At a time when America has far 
more pressing issues to deal with, the 
D.C sniper has unfortunately reignited 
the national debate on gun control. 
The usual suspects are all here: Sarah 
Brady, formerly of Handgun Control 
Inc., quickly wrote that "as police try to 
track down and stop this killer, we do 
know this: sensible gun laws can help 
law enforcement solve crimes as well 
as prevent gun violence." The Brady 
Bill's "sensible" waiting periods could 
do nothing to prevent this kind of 
crime, a point even the most ardent 
anti-gun activist would have to con- 
cede. New York Congresswoman 
Carolyn McCarthy took the questions 
from the ridiculous to the sublime, ask- 
ing, "Did he buy his gun at a gun 
show? Did he go through one of the 
loopholes that we have been trying to 
close?" Does that matter in any way? 

For the opponents of the Second 
Amendment, facts are irrelevant. 
Never mind that the D.C. sniper is 
using a rifle, not the "cheap, deadly 
handguns" that are supposedly the 
bane of American society. Nevermind 
that waiting periods or even probably 
background checks would do nothing 
to stop a murderer like this. And never 
mind that Maryland, where several of 
the shootings took place, has some of 
the most restrictive gun laws in the 
nation. For the well-intentioned idiots 
who brought you the Brady Bill and 
the Million Mom March, the only solu- 
tion is more gun control. 

To stop future "snipers," the new 
gun control proposal is a federal law 
requiring ballistic fingerprinting of 
guns, giving each bullet fired by a par- 
ticular gun a distinctive mark. 
Forensics experts could then examine 
bullets found at a crime scene to find a 
match in a computer database. 

Predictably, Maryland Governor 
ParrisGlendening is already pushing to 
expand his state's ballistic fingerprint- 
ing taws, and is urging the adoption of 
a nationwide program. There's only 
one problem with this new system: it 
probably won't work. 

Kevin Watson, legislative director 
for the Law Enforcement Alliance of 
America (LEAA), an organization of 
current and former law enforcement 
officers, had this to say about ballistic 
fingerprinting: "It sounds really neat 
when you hear just the basic descrip- 
tion of it, but when you go into the 
description of how it would actually 
work, it kind of falls apart." 

In most guns, it is relatively easy for 
criminals to change the ballistic finger- 

print, or damage it enough to make it 
unrecognizable. Watson even says the 
name "ballistic fingerprinting" is a 
misnomer. "Imagine a fingerprint data- 
base where people can switch their fin- 
gerprints and their own fingerprints 
wear down over time after use," he 
said. "It makes it not that useful of a 
system." And, of course, there are at 
least 200 million firearms in this coun- 
try that don't have ballistic finger- 

Any attempt to order the fingerprint- 
ing of lawfully owned firearms would 
be justifiably resisted; fingerprinting of 
all old guns would create a central reg- 
istry of gunowners, which should terri- 
fy anyone who noticed what happened 
at Ruby Ridge and Waco just a few 

years ago. Luckily for Americans and 
for the Constitution, we have a presi- 
dent in office who is firmly wedded to 
the defense of the right to bear arms. 
For the first time, the Justice 
Department defined the Second 
Amendment as guaranteeing the right 
to private gun ownership. But with an 
election just a couple of weeks away 
and renewed hysteria about guns, the 
possibility of further unconstitutional 
restrictions on firearm ownership 

That these new laws will not reduce 
crime is more than a possibility; it is a 
virtual certainty. Virginia Governor 
Mark Warner probably put it best: 
"Let's face it.. .this individual — clearly 
no law is going to stop him." 

Damaging the "purity" of sports 

Alex Duncan 


What the NESCAC presidents did a 
few weeks ago regarding off-season 
practices is almost comical in its hasty 
simplicity. In banning all such prac- 
tices due to an injury at Colby, the pres- 
idents (or at least those present) neg- 
lected to think about their response in 
any logical way. Their reaction was a 
first response of the worst kind, where 
the one seriously proposed solution 
was accepted as the only remedy, with- 
out any meaningful debate or input 
from outside the inner circle. I could 
list a dozen reasons why the presidents 
made the wrong decision (and I do 
believe it's as simple as being incor- 
rect), but instead let me focus on a sin- 
gle issue, one that I think is a bit more 
subtle than the others, and not consid- 
ered at all in the decision-making 

If there's one point that has come to 
define athletics at schools like 
Bowdoin, it's the so-called "purity" of 
sport. The slightly tiresome yet accu- 
rate phrase that is used to describe ath- 
letes at schools like ours is that they 
play "for the love of the game." In 
other, blunter words, for all but the 
infinitesimally small percentage of 
NESCAC athletes, there is no future 
for us in serious athletic competition. 
We might play pick-up basketball, 
adult league softball, or the like, but 
we're not going to make careers play- 
ing in the NFL, MLB, or the WNBA. 
We're playing now because we enjoy 
our sports, are relatively good at them, 
and like to compete. I, for the most 

part, agree with such an assessment. 
The pleasure that we take in our sports 
is the most significant motivation in 
our athletic pursuits here and else- 
where in the NESCAC. 

The message that the presidents 
made plain is completely counter to 
that. What they did was de-emphasize 
the notion of sport for sport's sake, 
which is the very basis of athletics at 
NESCAC schools. Rather than encour- 
age the benefits of sport that our school 
lists in its very own Mission of the 
College, the decision effectively limits 
the development of those very charac- 
teristics, namely "self-control, leader- 
ship, poise, good health, and good 
humor" (Section 3 of the Mission of 
the College). In addition to those bene- 
fits, I would list maturity, confidence, 
friendship, camaraderie, basic happi- 
ness, and a plethora of others with not 
a single significant negative value 

But instead of keeping with the basis 
of NESCAC athletics (and in our case 
the declared mission of our college), 
the presidents have eliminated the 
opportunity for intercollegiate athletes 
to enjoy their sports outside their prac- 
tices and games. Never mind for the 
moment the blow it strikes to the basic 
idea of improving athletically through- 
out the year. Perhaps more important- 
ly, it is apparently no longer acceptable 
for friends and teammates to engage in 
friendly competition with no final 
score — no win or loss. What we've 
effectively been told is that we're col- 
legiate level athletes and hence have no 
right to play simply for fun when our 

sport is out of season. The only time 
that we're allowed to reap the benefits 
of our sport is between the league- 
mandated start and end dates. Aside 
from that, 1 guess Thursday night 
bowling should fulfill our thirst for 
competition and challenge. Yes, there 
is some thirst quenching going on at 
local bowling alleys, but it's of a com- 
pletely different nature, far from any- 
thing listed in the Mission of the 

I didn't decide to pursue athletics to 
be told when and where I can play my 
favorite sport for my own enjoyment, 
and I guarantee there are many others 
who feel the same way. Administrators 
make decisions in what they judge to 
be the best interest of the college, and 
there's always going to be some grip- 
ing, but this situation is completely dif- 
ferent. What happened at Colby was a 
terrible accident, but to be perfectly 
honest, it was nothing more. However, 
the fear of lawsuits, insurance costs, 
and the like has driven the NESCAC to 
a foolish conclusion, one that negative- 
ly impacts students, the largest facet of 
any college. What is more frustrating is 
that the decision carries no significant 
or meaningful benefits anywhere else, 
not even to the college purse, which 
was clearly a major motivating factor. 

As part of our college education 
we're taught to evaluate situations and 
problems, be they mathematical for- 
mulas or English theses, from a variety 
of angles before choosing an appropri- 
ate and final course of action. If only 
the NESCAC presidents would do the 

On a quest for the perfect party song 

Macaela Flanagan 


Fact: a party can only be successful 
if the music is fun. When people at a 
party are lame, you can simply avoid 
them. But when die music is lame, you 
are forced to listen to it and have some 
god-awful song reverberating in your 
head for the next 24 hours. 

There are many different types of 
parties, and many different types of 
music. My question: can there be a per- 
fect song for a generic party? Just so 
we're all on the same page, we'll nar- 
row down the question of a perfect 
party to be the infamous Bowdoin 

The perfect party song must meet 
several standards. Firstly, and perhaps 
most importantly, it's got to be a little 
bit sexy. Not in-your-face sexy but sub- 
tle enough so that you start dunking 
I'm looking hot tonight," before you 
realize the music is actually hypnotiz- 
ing you to come to terms with your 

This does not imply that everyone at 
a party should be worrying about being 
gorgeous; it simply means that a good 
song makes you red confident And 
who doesn't go to a party to feel good? 
So, there are some songs that are voted 
off the list here because they either are 

A) too sexy, or B) not sexy enough. 
Songs falling under category A would 
be something along the lines of "Let's 
Get It On" by Marvin Gaye; a great 
song, but just too sexy for a generic 
party. For category B, think Phish; 
great band, but that whole sexy thing 
isn't their strong 

The second bit of 
criteria: the perfect 
party song must be 
fun. Call me shallow, 
but after a rigorous 
week of classes, it's nice to give your 
brain a rest That said, I don't want to 
hear some heavy lyrics about some 
depressing topic. I want something, 
well, light This is not the time for Rage 
Against the Machine. Again, while I 
respect any musician who addresses 
worldly concerns in their musk, it 
doesn't always make for an easy-going 
Saturday night 

Standard number three is tricky, but 
very important The perfect party song 
must be catchy, but not armoyingly so. 
The perfect party song does not dis- 
criminate: I don't care if you are Janet 
Jackson or Janet Reno, you should feel 
encouraged to dance to this song with- 
out making an ass of yourself. The 
beat, therefore, has to be danceabte and 

My question: Can there 
be a perfect party song 
for a generic party? 

lively. The trickiness comes in here — 
the song must make you want to dance, 
but not have a beat that is so blunt you 
feel like a robot. We'd have to skip 
"Closer" by Nine Inch Nails; great 
tune, but we want some variation in our 
movements tonight (not to mention 
that "Closer" was 
definitely crossed 
off the list when it 
violated the too 
sexy rule). 

The hardest 
standard to meet 
is the song's ability to appeal to every- 
one. I'm an optimist but I know for a 
fact that not everyone can like one 
song. But hey, this is my article arid it 
is in the Opinion section, so I can pre- 
tend I know what people find appeal- 

The perfect party song cannot I 
repeat CANNOT, be a fad. It must be 
timeless. I am not saying it has to be 
old, but if you think Shakira is going to 
be on this list you couldn't be more 
wrong. Also, it can't be dated. While 
I am sure everyone in the senior class 
has a special place in their heart for 
Prince's "Party Like it is 1999," it is 
now 2002. It just doesn't have that 
same zing anymore. In order for the 
perfect party song to reach a large audi- 

ence, one must lean away from his own 
guilty pleasures. That means I would 
not be allowed to break out the Neil 
Diamond. Yes, I actually enjoy him. 

It is now time to tally the results. 
Let's lay out the typical Bowdoin cam- 
pus wide... I recall lots of Britney 
Spears. I am not even going to discuss 
why she is not on the list because if you 
think she has the perfect party song, 
then writing this article was a waste of 
my time. "Like a Virgin" by Madonna, 
is a popular campus-wide number. 
This one actually adds up quite well; 
it's pretty close to being the perfect 
party song, but it lacks a little some- 
thing. Runners up include "Start Me 
Up" by the Rolling Stones and 
"Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns N' 

After weighing the facts, and if you 
haven't guessed it by now, the perfect 
party song undeniably has to be "You 
Shook Me All Night Long" by ACDC 
Why? Well, it's sexy (but in a goofy 
sort of way, so it avoids being too 
sexy), it's a hell of a lot of fun to dance 
to, it has withstood the test of time, and 
I don't care if you're a Top 40-Tiger 
fl^a/- reading popster or if you own 400 
obscure CDs and haven't listened to 
the radio in ten years: you all know the 
words; so go out and shake it 




What are some key rat 
in modern Trinidad and 
Whal exactly is Douglai 
Whal mle does globalization pL 
Canbhcan politic of identity? 

These and many other queslio. 
were addressed at Tuesday night's 
lecture titled: "Swimming Against the 
Tides. Caribbean Culture and 
C,lobali:ation " This lecture was 
sponsored by an Emerging Voices. 
New Directions Grant from the Ford 
Foundation and by the President's 
Office at Bowdoin. 

The event hosted two discussions 
focusing on Indo and Afro cultural 
hybrids central to today's Trinidad 
and Tobago Professor Shalini Pun 
from the University of Pittsburgh dis- 
cussed the Dougla Aesthetic and its 
role in constructing a Trimdadian 
national identity that celebrates racial 
mixture during her talk entitled 
"IndoCaribbeans: Negotiating 
National Identities. " 

According to Pun. a dougla is an 
individual who has both African and 
Indian ancestry. She 
claimed that, even 
today, the conflict 
between Indo- 

Caribbeans and 
expresses itself both in political and 
economic terms, as well as ideologi- 
cal cultural expressions. "Social and 
cultural intermixing between these 
two groups has been historically 
unacceptable." she said. She contin- 
ued by quoting a sung that said, 
"Indians and Africans will not mix." 

Pun maintained that the construc- 
tion of a Dougla Aesthetic, if proper- 
ly examined, can create another 
model for understanding "national 
unity" — one that is not administered 
from the top down by nation states. 
Using several song lyncs from an 
Indo-Caribbean genre called 
"Chutney" and "Soca Chutney." she 
explored how dougla identity is 
defined as a person with an African 
father and an Indian mother. 

She discussed various racial 
stereotypes claiming that Indo and 
Afro configurations of race are 
shaped by the ethnic constructions of 
gender both in the Indo Trimdadian 
and Afro Trm idadi on communities. 
In short, the Dougla Aesthetic. Pun 
claimed, may provide a way of mak- 
ing sense of race, ethnicity, and 
national unity that is not configured 
solely through the binary poles of 
African and Indian. Quoting song 
writer Mighty Dougla. she read (illus- 
trating both the tension lived by the 
dougla). as wetl as their hope for a 
racially harmonious future. "I am nei- 
ther one nor the other If they are 

serious about sending people back for 
true — They got to split me in two." 

Award-winning Caribbean film- 
maker Robert Yao Ramesar titled his 
talk. "Carib/being." and showed two 
videos titled. The Saddhu of Couva, 
and Celebration. He introduced the 
films by claiming that, "my work is 
an extension of my being." Being a 
dougla himself, he smiled as he said 
that it was "a stressful job." In fact, 
presenting at Bowdoin meant that he 
missed the day of elections in 
Trinidad and Tobago. For him. this 
meant "taking a dougla vacation." 

Professor Shah 

"For real," he assuiv 

The first film feature*. 
"the Saddhu of Couva.' 
and read by poet Derick 
Ramesar claimed that, "the po 
microcosm of a larger possib. 
The poem featured an old man w«, 
ing through various landscapes 

"Social and cultural intermixing between 
groups has been historically unacceptable, 
and Africans will not mix.'" 

including large fields with tall grass 
and the entering of a door. Ramesar 
said that the poem dealt with issues of 
ageism, and generally speaking, an 
enactment of unity in the world. He 
mentioned that Walcott, a Creole 
himself, did this by "crossing into and 
Indo-Caribbean [and foreign] cultural 

The next film featured the shadows 
of a dancing woman, a Creole carni- 
val celebration, and steel drums. It 
began in black and while and gradu- 
ally gained color using an old woman 
as the pivot of this transition. He 
claimed that she represented a 'lime 

former beu 
tion and the 
sion, as Ramt 
unity." Heclain 
ing is not a luxury, 

Furthermore, Puri », 
important distinction: 
sex does not mean interrac 
ance." Both Ramison a 
focused on the dougla as a t 
representation of world ham. 
struggle, and human possibih 
Ramesar made his vision clear, "Fo. 
real, mankind needs to chill out and 

Voting locally gives yo 

Aimee Tow 


As November 5 rapidly 
approaches, the question of voting 
in Maine or in your home state aris- 
es. Many students, especially first 
years, still feel attached to and 
know what is going on politically in 
their home states. 
Using an absentee 
ballot is an easy 
way to vote, just 
don't miss the dead- 
line to mail it before Election Day. 

By voting locally, groups of peo- 
ple can easily assemble and create 
coalitions of citizens or students to 
vote a particular way on an issue 
and have more say about things in 
the community that affect them. 
There are many issues in Brunswick 
that affect us as students, including 
pressing environmental issues right 
in our backyard. 

The Toxic Action Center has 
identified over SO areas of concern 
in Brunswick alone. These include 
two active landfills, five confirmed 
hazardous waste sites, one national 
Superfund site, two other potential 
Superfund sites, and 29 hazardous 
waste handlers. In 1997 alone. 

Brunswick released 102,947 pounds 
of toxins into the environment. 

Brunswick is also concerned with 
the spraying of pesticides and her- 
bicides and is working to pass an 
ordinance prohibiting all spraying. 
Studies proving the negative health 
effects of pesticides have brought 

Historically, politicians have ignored students 
because it is show n that young people do not vote. 

much attention to this concern. 

Toxic sludge is also another big 
environmental issue in Maine. 
Sludge is the by-product of waste- 
water treatment facilities. It is a 
semi-solid "junk" that is left over 
after wastewater has been filtered 
and treated. It can contain all of the 
industry wastes (dioxin, PCBs, 
heavy metals, mercury, and more) 
in a very concentrated form. 
Treatment plants dilute the sludge 
with woodchips and dirt and then 
sell or give it away to farmers to 
spread on farms as fertilizer without 
explaining that it may contain 
industrial waste. It is much cheaper 
for the facility to give the waste 
away instead of having to handle it 

as a to. 
it accord. 

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health. Issues like th 
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have a i 
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them. By turning out to vol 
large numbers, we are telling lot 
politicians that we care about this 
area and what is happening to the 
environment in which we are living. 
Historically, politicians have 
ignored students because it is 
shown that young people don't 
vote. Why should they waste their 
time on people who don't vote? 
Tell all your friends to go to the 
polls on November S and vote so 
politicians will listen to us when we 
weigh in on issues that concern us. 
Visit Envirocitizen, to 
learn more about environmental 
issues, and read about success sto- 
ries of other college students who 

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The Bowdoin Orient 


October 18, 2002 

The life of Casey Sills 

World War II Series 


in a series 


Kid Wongsrichanalai 


Perhaps there was something 
about the way he stood or how 
his face x showed only the glow- 
ing qualities of human kind- 
ness, mingled with the sharp 
wit of a scholar and a poet. 

The author has decided to drop "The 
Campus on the Hill" piece of this 
series, as it would be fairly repetitive 
for most Bowdoin students since the 
place has not changed much since the 
1930s. Here, then, is the next chapter in 
the World War II Series. 

From across the Quad one could 
already see that he was a great and 
noble man. Perhaps there was some- 
thing about the way he stood or how h's 
face showed only the glowing qualities 
of human kindness mingled with the 
sharp wit of a scholar and a poet. From 
across the Quad on sunny and cloudy 
days alike one could not mistake his 
walk, his 
unique bear- 
ing as he 
strode across 
the campus 
that had made 
a symbiotic 
pact with him. 

On this day 
he was a man filled with great pain and 
great loss. In his heart there was now a 
scar that would never heal; a scar that 
would bury itself deep inside him and 
till the end of his days, motivate him to 
preserve and guide the college that his 
mentor and friend had loved so dearly. 

As he faced the open ground before 
him, Appleton Hall rising behind his 
turned back, he could feel the weight of 
the great responsibility that had been 
placed on his shoulders. In his pocket 
was a watch that Mrs. William DeWitt 
Hyde had given him. 

"It has not stopped," she said of her 
husband's timepiece, "Will you wear it 
and keep it going?" Keep it going; keep 
the Bowdoin College of William 
DeWitt Hyde going. That seemed like 
such a simple task and yet for Kenneth 
Charles Morton Sills it was not one that 
he could easily accept "He was the 
greatest president Bowdoin ever had or 
is ever likely to have," Sills had written 
of his predecessor, now buried in a 
cemetery that would also be the final 
resting place of Kenneth Sills. 

A task and a great college filled with 
brimming energy and undiminished 
pride lay before him. Slowly he turned 
as the workers continued to build the 
new dormitory the College would name 
in honor of Hyde. Keep it going, he 
thought to himself. It was a great task 
and he was sure going to do his best 

Kenneth Charles Morton Sills — or as 
generations of Bowdoin students called 
him, Casey — was born in Halifax, Nova 
Scotia on December S, 1879. Less man 
a year later, his family moved to 
Portland, Maine where his father, the 
reverend Charles Morton Sills accepted 
the post of Canon of St. Luke's 
Cathedral. It was in this burgeoning 
coastal city that the young Casey grew 
up. Along its hilly streets and lush 
green walkways was a community 
tuned to the rhythm of the sea. The 
Atlantic Ocean swept up to its piers, 
bearing its bountiful offerings to the 
community of fishermen and business 
owners who found themselves a part of 
a historical town. Along the stony roads 
which led up to State Street and die 
grand buildings of another era once 
walked such a refined politician as 
William Pitt Fessenden— himself a 
Bowdoin graduate and a former 
Secretary of die Treasury. Heretooone „ 

could find, at the end of his days, 
Maine's greatest Civil War hero, 
General Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, 
retiring after a troubled tenure as 
Bowdoin's head. In this era of growth, 
optimism, and development, Casey 
Sills grew up dreaming of the firemen 
and their equipment in Engine House 4. 
Casey Sills did not grow up too soon. 
He enjoyed his time in the lazy Maine 
summers and looked to the future when 
he could move beyond his Portland 
days. In the summer of 1891 he took a 
memorable trip thirty miles from his 
home; it was Casey Sills's first visit to 
Bowdoin College. He toured the cam- 
pus, staying in Appleton Hall, and 
walked down 
to the Delta, 
where a game 
of baseball was 
being played. 
He sat in on a 
class and even 
attended morn- 
ing chapel. The 
young man 
must have enjoyed himself for he was 
later to become a member of the 
Bowdoin Class of 1901. 

In high school, he had already been 
acknowledged as a scholar and a bud- 
ding academic. A member of the debat- 
ing club, a tennis player, and editor of 
the high school magazine, young Casey 
was happiest when he was with his 
books. Early on he had written, "A 
school is judged ... not by the football 
games its team wins, not by the school 
paper its scholars edit not by the drills 
of its military battalion, but by the char- 
acters of the pupils in the school, and 
their ability to do the work set form for 
them." Performing superbly in high 
school, Bowdoin was Sills' obvious 
next step. On September 13, 1897, 
Kenneth Sills and his boyhood friend 
Rip Dana arrived on campus and began 
their Bowdoin experience. Pledging to 
Delta Kappa Epsilon, Sills lived bis first 
year in Appleton Hall. At the sum of 
$330 per year, the Canadian born schol- 
ar received die best education Bowdoin 
could offer. 

The Bowdoin of Sills' student days 
was also the Bowdoin of William 
DeWitt Hyde. Assuming office in 
1885, Hyde was a Harvard graduate and 
a long-time educational theorist 26 
years old when he came to Bowdoin, 
Hyde had served for two years as a pas- 
tor in a New Jersey. Athletic, opti- 
mistic, determined, and full of energy 
the young president brought Bowdoin 
successfully into the 20th century. 
Under his guidance, the College 
expanded its history, government eco- 
nomics, and sociology departments. 
There were new spots for bright young 
faculty members as well as new 
entrance exams for those who wanted to 
join Bowdoin's ranks. A new gymnasi- 
um to help promote die health of under- 
graduates was built along with the 
Walker Art Museum. Historian Charles 
C. Calhoun wrote of the period: 

William DeWitt Hyde was to trans- 
form Bowdoin from a failing country 
college into an exemplar of a style of 
higher education that was to challenge 
the domination that the large universi- 
ties exercised over American higher 
education in the last decades of the 
nineteenth century. 

lb be continued next week... 

Emergency contraception 

Ask Dr. Jeff 

Jeff Benson, M.D. 

Dudley Coe Health Center 

Dear Dr. Jeff: "Is the "Morning 
After Pill" available at the Health 
Center? Are there any side effects?" 

control pills, EC will suppress ovula- 
tion and cause changes in cervical 
mucus that make it impenetrable to 

Dear M.W.: All 
"Morning-After Pills" 
Contraception" or EC) 
contain some combi- 
nation of progesterone 
and/or estrogen. 

Multiple doses of 
birth control pills can 
be taken for this pur- 
pose, but cause con- 
siderable side effects. 
"Plan B" contains 
only the progestin, 
levonorgestrel, which 
has far fewer side 
effects, and is the 
most effective form of 
EC available in this 
country. Plan B is the 
formulation we dis- 
pense at the Health 

Plan B is generally 
very well -tolerated. 
Common side effects 
include mild nausea, 
mild fatigue and 
breast tenderness. The 
medication may throw 
off the timing of your 
next period, making it either earlier or 
later than expected. If it is delayed 
more than three weeks after taking 
Plan B, you'd need to return to the 
Health Center for a pregnancy test (as 
always, free and confidential). 

The exact mechanism of action of 
EC is complex. Human and animal 
studies have shown effects at several 
stages of the reproductive cycle: ovu- 
lation, fertilization, egg transport and 
hormonal support, and implantation. If 
the timing is right like regular birth 


sperm. It will also impede transport of 
a fertilized egg through the fallopian 
tubes to the uterus, as well as implan- 
tation of the egg in the endometrial lin- 
ing of the uterus. None of these med- 
ications will harm an 'implanted 

All forms of emergency contracep- 
tion should be taken as soon as possi- 
ble after unprotected intercourse. A 
second dose needs to be taken 12 hours 
after the initial dose. The sooner EC is 
taken, the more effective it is. While 

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•* Bowdoin College collects roughly 
^ 30,856 pounds of waste per week! 

f f \ Throwing something in the trashcan 

doesn't mean that it goes away. 
Remember: what you throw in a trashcan just gets piled 

somewhere else. 

Here are 3 easy ways to reduce waste and save money! 

-In the dinning halls: do your best to remember your refill- 
able mug or save your hot/cold cups for multiple uses. 
Bowdoin purchased 208,000 hot/cold cups last year, the 
total cost reaching $4,160! 

-At bag lunch: bring your own bag (reminisce on elemen- 
tary school and get a lunch box with your favorite super- 
hero on the lid!); reuse your paper bags (and recycle it with 
corrugated cardboard when done); don't use a bag (just 
throw your sandwich in your backpack it'll be just as safe!) 
-In the convenience store: don't get a new plastic 'baggy' 
each time you have a craving for gummie worms or yogurt 
covered pretzels - keep the bag in your backpack/purse and 
reuse the same one for multiple purchases! 

Bonus FYI! Clear and Mack trash bags have different uses ! 
Here's the scoop: Bowdoin uses clear bafs for recycling and 

black for trash. We do that so housekeepers can quickly see if 

there is contamination in a recycle bag. 

So please remember: Clear = Recycle 

Remember: Things don't "go away' 

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and Black = Trash 

- do your part in 

this was always intuitively clear, recent 
studies have demonstrated that every 
12-hour delay in starting EC may 
decrease its effectiveness by as much 
as SO percent. 

Emergency contraceptive pills are 
available in the U.S. only by prescrip- 
tion. There has been much discussion 
about how to improve women's ease, 
speed and cost of access to EC. In 
three states now (California, 
Washington and 
Hawaii), women 
are able to obtain 
emergency con- 
traception direct- 
ly from pharma- 
cists without hav- 
ing to visit a clin- 
ic or health care 
provider First. 

Plan B has 
been available at 
the Health Center 
for some time. It 
is one of our in 
house formulary 
medications, and 
we dispense it to 
students free of 
charge. We would 
like all women to 
have some Plan B 
on hand, in their 
medicine cabi- 
nets, immediately 
available, "just in 
case." Our goal is 
to have all 
women who 

might be at risk 
for unprotected 
intercourse (even 
if they have never 
had sex before, and even if they are 
taking birth control pills) to have Plan 
B on hand, before they have a need for 

You can make an appointment any 
weekday, at a time convenient to you. 
for a brief visit with any of our staff, 
and pick up some Plan B. We will only 
ask you a few questions about your 
health and give you directions on how 
to take the medication. You will not 
need a GYN exam, and as always, your 
visit will be confidential and free. 

We will also be setting up special 
"EC Clinics," when we'll be able to 
streamline visits and dispense Plan B 
more efficiently. 

Remember, the sooner after unpro- 
tected intercourse Plan B is started, the 
more effective it is. 

If 100 women have completely 
unprotected intercourse during the sec- 
ond or third week of their cycles, stud- 
ies have shown that 8 will likely con- 
ceive. Plan B is 89 percent effective, 
and so reduces this number to one. 

Three million unintended pregnan- 
cies occur each year in this country. 
Half of all American women will have 
at least one unintended pregnancy. The 
majority of these women use a regular 
method of contraception, none of 
which, unfortunately, is 100 percent 
effective. Accidents happen: condoms 
break, diaphragms slip, birth control 
pills are sometimes forgotten. 
Sometimes sex is unplanned— or 
unwanted. Very sadly, each year, thou- 
sands of American women are the vic- 
tims of rape. Emergency contraception 
can at least help eliminate one associ- 
ated trauma— the prospect of an 
unwanted pregnancy. 

At the Health Center, we consider 
emergency contraception a safe, effec- 
tive, back-up birth control method. By 
delaying or inhibiting ovulation or fer- 
tilization, or preventing transport or 
implantation of a fertilized egg in the 
uterus, EC prevents pregnancy. 
Emergency contraception wil' »ot 
interrupt a pregnancy, and it will not 
harm a developing fetus. 

Come on in to see us and pick up 
your Plan B! 

Jeff Benson, M.D. 
Dudley Coe Health Center 


October 18, 2002 


The Bowdoin Orient 

Artie Wildlife Refuge "Walk" hosted by Evergreens 

Elly Pepper 



National Parks and Wildlife Refuges 
are formed to serve as areas of 
unspoiled nature where animals and 
plants can thrive without negative 
human influence and where people can 
enjoy the unindustrialized outdoors. If 
the government has set aside these 
pieces of nature for the benefit of ani- 
mals, plants, and humans alike, why 
does it now insist that we interrupt these 
eco-systems for insignificant material 

Currently, President Bush, whose 
policies to date have been extremely 
anti-environment, wishes to drill on one 
of the only unspoiled wildlife reserves 
left in the U.S. The Arctic National 
Wildlife Refuge is home to a variety of 
animals that are endemic only to this 
fragile tundra ecosystem in Alaska. 
The vast coastal plain that constitutes 
the refuge is home to musk oxen, 
wolves, and many other animals. Polar 
bears travel to the refuge to make their 
maternity dens and 130 species of 
migratory birds fly there to nest. The 
refuge also serves as a calving ground 

for the 120,000 members of the porcu- 
pine caribou herd. On the refuge, the 
caribou birth their young, sustaining 
their population. These caribou are an 
incredibly important resource for the 
Gwich'in Natives. This Alaskan tribe 
has traditionally hunted caribou for 
thousands of years and depends on the 
animaJs for their skins and meal. 

If the Senate votes to allow drilling in 
the wildlife refuge, it will open up the 
last 5 percent of Alaska's undeveloped 
coastal plain. Not only will drilling in 
Alaska interrupt a fragile ecosystem, it 
will not even benefit Americans in 
terms of oil. Drilling in the refuge will 
yield only 3.2 billion barrels of oil, 
which is equivalent to the amount of oil 
the US consumes in six months. 
Drilling in the refuge will not provide 
any kind of energy security, and indus- 
try analysts admit that if drilled, the oil 
would not even be available for another 
ten years. So, despite the fact that the 
U.S. government wishes to find sources 
of oil in the U.S., the Arctic Refuge is 
not a reasonable or a useful alternative. 

Although, the amendment to drill on 
the refuge was rejected 54-46 by the 

Senate in April 2002, the new 2003 
Congress will debate this bill once 
more. In hopes of publicizing the detri- 
mental consequences of drilling in the 
refuge and voicing their concern, thou- 
sands of Americans have walked and 
biked across the country. The walk 
began in Seattle on August 23, mostly 
with members of the Caribou Commons 
Project and the Gwich'in natives partic- 
ipating. Currently, these people are on 
the last leg of their three month, 8,000 
mile journey to Washington, D.C. In 
the capital, the Seattle representatives 
will meet with groups that have walked 
from Saratoga Springs, Kansas City, 
and other towns and cities to advocate 
the value of the Alaska Wildlife Refuge 
and to ask the Senate to protect it. 

In conjunction with the "Walk to 
Washington," this Friday, in Brunswick, 
the Bowdoin Evergreens as well as 
other Bowdoin affiliated and communi- 
ty groups, will host a portion of the 
walk/bike. The walk will meet in 
downtown Brunswick at the Fort 
Andross (the huge brick building at the 
end of main street) at 4:30 p.m. and 
march up Main Street. Everyone is 

encouraged to make signs and banners 
to hold during the march. Following 
the march, at 7:00 p.m., Tim Leach, 
nature photographer, adventurer, and 
Arctic advocate will speak and present a 
slide show in the Beam Classroom in 
the Visual Arts Center. Tim's presenta- 
tion is one of the 40 that he will give 
throughout the Northeast on his 1,600 
mile bicycle trek. A member of the 
Gwich'in people will also speak to offer 
a cultural viewpoint for the protection 
of the Arctic Refuge's coastal plain. 
This presentation will promote more 
efficient energy solutions that will 
allow us to control pollution, cut back 
on greenhouse gases, and protect our 

The Bowdoin community as well as 
the greater public is strongly encour- 
aged to participate in this important 
march. It is a key opportunity to voice 
our opposition to oil drilling in the 
ANWR, and the resulting degradation 
of this delicate ecosystem. The move- 
ment to protect the Alaska Wildlife 
Refuge is not, and should not, be fought 
only by the people and groups that we 
assume will fight every environmental 


Better Scores. Better Schools. 

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Sunday, October 27th 
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battle for us. In the 2002 Senate vote, 
Republicans and Democrats united 
against oil drilling. 

Whether you value the environment 
for its beauty or its peacefulness, 
whether you camp and play in the out- 
doors, or whether you value nature for 
the simple fact that it exists, the Alaska 
Wildlife Refuge is worth preserving and 
worth fighting for. Even if you can't 
make the march, you can still work 
towards creating a more sustainable and 
energy efficient country by personally 
urging Congress to protect the Arctic 
Refuge by calling the Capital 
Switchboard at 202-224-3121, and by 
writing your senators and representa- 
tives (look up their addresses at or 
Your voice really does make a differ- 
ence, so exercise your right! 

For more information regarding the 
Artie National Wildlife Refuge, visit For more 
information about the Brunswick walk 
on Friday October 18 at 4:30 p.m. from 
Fort Andross, or other events sponsored 
by the Evergreens, email Heather at 

Outing Club 

Cecily Upton 


While most of us were relaxing at 
home or catching up on work over Fall 
Break, many BOC members braved the 
wilds of New England in search of 
adventure, or at least a break from the 
grind of Bowdoin. Rafters and kayakers 
headed to the Deerfield River in western 
Massachusetts for two solid days of pad- 
dling, followed by some non-BOC- 
sanctioned revelry in Montreal, the real 
city of > sin. Hikers spent a few days 
tackling Mahoosuc Notch, a notoriously 
difficult area, yet no apparent challenge 
for our super- strong mountain men and 

Those more dedicated to the common 
good spent some time in Baxter State 
Park building trails and giving back to 
the enormously generous wilderness 
community. Finally, the Leadership 
Training group boarded their sea kayaks 
for their expedition to Boothbay Harbor. 

Besides these exciting trips, the 
Outing Club is looking forward to this 
Friday, when the new Schwartz Outdoor 
Leadership Center will be officially ded- 
icated. The furniture is here, the plaques 
are up, the fireplace has been broken in, 
the building is ready for the donors and 
trustees, as well as the larger Bowdoin 
community to ooh and aah. Today, the 
dedication takes place, highlighted by a 
visit from the knowledgeable and expe- 
rienced Jill Fredston. Besides complet- 
ing numerous eight to ten week rowing 
trips in the Arctic, Jill is also the premier 
avalanche specialist in North America. 
She will be here all day to run clinics for 
BOC leaders and to speak at Common 
Hour for the rest of Bowdoin students. 
Don't miss this amazing woman! 

After Jill fires you up to get out and 
experience the outdoors, there are two 
trips to take you away this weekend. 
Saturday, you can fly-fish on one of 
Maine's most beautiful and notorious 
rivers, the Kennebec. Sunday, the final 
sea kayaking trip of the season will head 
out around Bethel point If you can't 
make it this weekend, men be sure to 
sign-up early for next weekend's trips. 
The canoe season will wrap up with a 
final overnight guaranteed to be relaxing 
and filled with the beautiful colors of 
fall. There will also be a day hike and a 
service trip next Saturday. 

In the meantime, stop by the building 
to hang out and relax in our brand new, 
com fo rtable furniture. Maybe there will 
be a rearing fire in the huge hearth. The 
building is open at night from 7 pjn. to 
11 pjn. (with baking on Tuesdays). 
Hope to tee you there! 
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The Bowdoin Orient 

For students when the theater is never enuf 

Davin Michaels 


Over parent's weekend. Bowdoin 
students and their parents had the 
privilege of seeing the play For 
Colored Girls Who have Considered 
Suicide When ihe Rainbow is Enuf. 
Produced hy Masque and Gown, the 
play was performed in Wish Theater 
and was directed by sophomore 
Kerry Elson. 

The play is considered a choreopo- 
em and was written by Ntozake 
Shange. The lines arc written in 
verse and combine interior mono- 
logues with dance, songs, and music 
in order to produce a particular dra- 
matic effect For Colored Girls tells 
ihc story of seven women who all are 
distinguished by different colors of 
the rainbow The non-linear plot, 
depicts (he obstacles that they have 
to overcome as a result of their eth- 
nicity, race, and gender. This 
includes discrimination, rape, abor- 
tion, harassment, abuse, and self- 

According to Elizabeth Mengesha 
06. "The play has two purposes: first 
to show the unique experience of col- 
ored women, including their joys and 
obstacles, and secondly, to show the 
liberation and enlightenment of self- 
acceptance these women come to by 
the end of the play." Elizabeth was 
the only first-year in the cast and 
played the role of the Lady in Yellow. 

Elson cast and staged the entire 
play in four short weeks. She was 
intrigued by (he poetic form and 
powerful message of the work when 
she first encountered il in Women in 

Karsten Moran, Orient Staff 

On parents weekend, students performed the play For Colored Girls Who have Considered Suicide When 
the Rainbow is Enuf. The women of the play wore different colors of the rainbow. 

Performance, a class she took during 
her first year at Bowdoin. Elson 
chose simple sets and costumes in 
order to cope with the limited time 
she had to produce the play. 
Simplicity also highlighted the 
themes of the play in their most basic 
form. Elson said of her work, "the 
play is superficially about the lives of 
black American women, but I think 
its themes of spirituality, ethnicity, 

relationships, and the continuum 
between fantasy and reality are uni- 

The play was filled with many 
intense moments, including Lady in 
Blue's account of her abortion, and 
Lady in Red's vivid description of a 
man who murdered his two children 
by dropping them out the window of 
a fifth story apartment building. The 
play undoubtedly provided the audi- 

ence with some complex and diffi- 
cult issues. Perhaps Lady in Yellow 
sums up the content and impact of 
the play best in telling the audience, 
"But bein alive and bein a woman 
and bein colored is a metaphysical 
dilemma I haven't conquered yet." 

For Colored Girls is also playing 
this weekend at Colby. 

Smith sows seeds 

Meredith Hoar 

Staff Writer 

Does mixing Israelis and Arabs, 
Pakistanis and Indians. Greek 
Cypnots and Turks sound like a 
recipe for disaster? Wil Smith 00 
answered this along with many other 
questions at last week's Quinby dis- 
cussion senes. Smith works as a 
counselor at Seeds of Peace, a camp 
that hopes to make such combina- 
tions less volatile. Located in 
Otisfield. Maine. Seeds of Peace 
bnngs together teenagers from war- 
tom regions all over the world, with 
the mission of breaking the cycle of 
violence and hatred in these areas. 

Wil Smith. Director of 
Multicultural Student Programs at 
Bowdoin as well as a counselor at 
Seeds of Peace, spoke about the 
camp at the most recent installment 
of the Quinby House Discussion 
Series, on October 9. Emily Duffus 
*03. also a counselor at the camp, was 
on hand to offer her perspective on 
Seeds of Peace. 

It is challenging to bring together 
people who have grown up hearing 
nothing but negative things about 
each other. "There is a lot of mistrust 
and tense moments at the beginning." 
said Smith. While Seeds of Peace is 
no panacea for centuries-old con- 
flicts. Smith said that the seemingly 
small gains could make a big differ- 
ence. The goal of a camper may be 
"to make one friend'' during camp. 

Altering the world with these 
small steps is the long-range goal of 
the camp. John Wallach. the founder 

of the camp, was an Israeli whose 
parents were forced to escape 
Germany during the Holocaust. 
After the 1993 bombing of the World 
Trade Center. Wallach decided to do 
something to fight the prejudices 
behind such atrocities. 

The first sessions of the camp 
focused on improving relations 
between Israeli and Arab teenagers. 
Later, the camp grew to include 
teenagers representing many parts of 
the world, including the United 

In most respects, the activities at 
Seeds of Peace are like those of any 
other summer camp. Campers swim, 
compete in various contests, and 
learn to love baseball. Though base- 
ball is new to most campers — they 
have "run the wrong way around the 
bases" says Duffus — the camp 
encourages them in the sport. 
Campers travel to Portland to see the 
minor league Sea Dogs compete as 

Outings like this, however, 
demonstrate how Seeds of Peace 
campers are different from typical 
campers. Every time they leave 
campgrounds, they have a police 
escort The safety of the campers is 
"the main concern of their parents 
and their governments," said Smith. 

Yet campers are safe at Seeds of 
Peace — which can make sending 
them home at the end of their ses- 
sions that much more difficult. 
Smith and others hope that many of 
the campers will end up as communi- 
ty leaders. Smith said, "If it seems 
idealistic, that's because it is." 

Marquee at Magee's 

Colin Thibadeau 

Staff Writer 

For everyone who may have found 
the Ex-Models a bit abrasive — and I 
hope that those people are in the 
minority because that band put on an 
incredible show — these next few 
weeks might be for you. Last night. 
Jack Magee's played host to under- 
ground hip-hop act The 
Understudies. Featuring the New 
York emcee Sixth Sense, this group 
is signed to the Freshchest label and 
put on a great show. 

Information about 
their sound was hard 
to find. They were 
recommended by 
Bowdoin hip-hop 

Having played here 
several times before, 
Kelsey's show is 

king DJ Marquee. al ways a niU Come 

who opened for 

them on turntables, see an awesome 

As we all remember, display of OCOUStic 
Marquee puts on i • . . 

great show and last Showmanship. 

night was no excep- 

Next week, the pub will feature the 
return of virtuoso guitarist Michael 
Kelsey. Having played here several 
times before, Kelsey's show is 
always a hit, amazes the audience, 
and is brought in conjunction with 
our good friends at Howell House. 
Come see an awesome display of 
acoustic guitar showmanship. 

November 7 will feature another 
return of a Jack Magee's regular, 
indie-rocker Sam Bisbee. Brother of 

sculpture professor John Bisbee, 
Sam's always put on a good show, 
and the chance of him luring his 
brother up on stage should be enough 
to get everyone to come by — as if his 
music is not enough of a reason. 

Later in November, instrumental 
techno band Concentric will play and 
last but not least, the semester of sen- 
ior pub nights will end with several 
shows featuring Bowdoin talent. On 
November 23, local songwriter 
David Bullard will be hosting an 
evening of singer/songwriters from 
all over the Northeast, as well as a 
slew of Bowdoin 
songwriters. If 
anyone in the 
Bowdoin commu- 
nity is interested 
in playing three to 
four original 

songs that night, 
send an email to 
Around the 
same time, the pub should be featur- 
ing a night of Bowdoin's beloved a 
capella groups, and then the final 
senior pub night of the semester will 
feature campus bands. If anyone out 
there has a band that would like to 
play at senior pub night, email This is not 
a battle of the bands, just a chance to 
showcase the wonderful talent of all 
the people in the Bowdoin communi- 

So Boho... 

Kerry Elson 


The Foodie pulled on a black 
turtleneck, slid a pair of thick- 
rimmed "nerd chic" spectacles into 
place, and planted an intellectual 
beret atop her head. Appropriately 
donned in beatnik attire, she drove 
down Maine Street to the Bohemian 

She was refreshed to discover, 
however, that the small java joint was 
packed with regular folk. Khakied 
students leaned over textbooks and 
sipped lattes while workmen in flan- 
nel chatted in the front bay window. 
Mothers treated their children to hot 
cocoa and area businessmen dis- 
cussed strategies. Elated that even 
she could find a niche in the so- 
called "bohemian" spot, the Foodie 
stashed the glasses and cap in her bag 
and proceeded to order. 

Bohemian Coffeehouse isn't 
Starbucks. The Foodie, herself, is so 
accustomed to the ubiquitous chain 
shop that she almost asked for a 
Frappuccino at Bohemian's front 
counter. Shame! There are no pow- 
dered mixes here, no soggy, pre- 
pared mozzarella and tomato sand- 
wiches, and no excess sugar in the 
coffee to appease beginners. 
Bohemian offers what the Foodie 
thinks a coffee shop should provide: 
freshly made pastries and exquisite 

The aromatic brew is presented in 
ceramic mugs if one is dining in, 
lending the shop a homey and envi- 
ronmentally conscious sensibility. 
The rich, intense espresso 
approached the consistency and color 
of molasses while the more tolerable 
creamy Iatt6 warmed shivering 
hands. The foaming cappuccino also 
delighted the palate. The Foodie 
especially appreciated the chocolate 
swirl crafted in the foam of every 
drink she ordered (except for the 
minimalist espresso). 

A lover of milkshakes, the 
Foodie's favorite Bohemian offering 
is its indulgent frozen coffee confec- 
tion. This chilly behemoth makes the 
Frappuccino cower in the comer: 
Bohemian's drink actually tastes like 
coffee, and the flavor doesn't get 
sucked up in the first few slurps. 
Fully emulsified, the coffee shake 
retains its flavor all the way until the 
last gulp. 

The pastries are equally as pleas- 
ing. The crunchy biscotti softened 
just like an Oreo into the Foodie's 
latte\ while a golden cranberry scone 
tickled her tongue. The other delica- 
cies, such as the gooey cinnamon 
buns, chubby blueberry muffins, and 
pancake-shaped oatmeal cookies, 
also looked tempting. 

Bohemian's friendly atmosphere 
entices the Foodie to return and 
linger with friends. The cafe invites 
casual idling: worn chess, checkers, 
and dominoes sets are scattered 
throughout the shop. The small size 
of this nook is a nice alternative to 
the sprawling spaces of some larger 
coffee houses. Sitting inside, so close 
to fellow patrons with a great cup of 
joe and a good book, makes the place 
all the more cozy and inviting on a 
cold Brunswick day. 

The Bowdoin Orient 

Arts and Entertainment 

October 18, 2002 11 

Hannibal eats his third course 



And so Hollywood lays another 
trilogy to rest. Thomas Harris' 
Hannibal Lecter series now lies in 
beds of silk and celluloid, snuggled 
in the comfort of great actors, great 
reviews, and great box-office earn- 
ings. It's all a facade, of course, but 
it's far better that we ignore that in 
the long run — it might be better that 

Red Dragon is actually the second 
movie based on the first of Harris's 
Hannibal Lecter series; Michael 
Mann's Manhunter came out in 
1986— before The Silence of the 
Lambs. But apparently, that wasn't 
good enough. Hollywood didn't 
think it got quite as much buck for 
the story as it could have, and judg- 
ing from the past two weekends' box 
office numbers, that's about right. So 
now they've gone and done it 
again — a little better this time, but 
messing up the whole order of the 
thing. Sigh. 

Red Dragon is the story of Will 
Graham (Edward Norton), a gifted 
FBI agent who becomes famous for 
catching the cannibalistic serial killer 
Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins). 
Will Graham is called out of retire- 
ment to help solve the case of the so- 
called "tooth- fairy" killer, Francis 
Dolarhyde (Ralph Fiennes), a tor- 
tured man who believes he's trans- 
forming into a "Red Dragon," a pow- 
erful being inspired by a William 
Blake painting. Dolarhyde has bru- 
tally murdered two families in a par- 
ticularly grotesque way that only 
Will has the imagination to under- 

stand — with a little help, or course, 
from his archenemy Dr. Lecter. The 
action and suspense only get thicker 
as Will's investigation progresses, 
finally arriving at the revolting truth 
about the Red Dragon. 

Brett Ratner (Rush Hour, Rush 
Hour 2) isnt a very artistic or origi- 
nal director by anyone's standards, 
and it shows. The cinematography 
doesn't step too far out of the stan- 
dard bounds for suspense films, and 
is admittedly far weaker than that of 
The Silence of the Lambs. But this 
film is phenomenal anyway; it's held 
up high above its directors wildest 
dreams by a chilling story and a mag- 
nificent cast — something Jackie 
Chan and Chris Tucker could never 
quite pull off. 

That cast is led by the incredible 
screen presence of Anthony Hopkins, 
despite the fact that his role is quite 
small. There's something about his 
performance that makes it damn near 
impossible to imagine anyone else 
playing that role. He understands 
Hannibal better than we ever could- 
better, even, than Thomas Harris 
probably does. He has effectively 
become Hannibal in our eyes. He 
controls that character, and doesn't 
spare us one bit of the doctor's all- 
knowing persona and sinister 
demeanor. Ultimately perhaps, 
Hopkins made this retelling neces- 
sary — we had to know where it all 
began, and we had to know it through 
Anthony Hopkins. 

Now Will Graham is no Clarise 
Starling in any way, but Ed Norton 
shows he's just as good as Jodie 
Foster. (There is to be no mention of 
Julianne Moore here. She doesn't 
count, and neither does that atrocious 
movie). His role here is not as emo- 
tionally involved as the one that 

launched Jodie's adult career, but he 
carries the same human charisma he 
injects into all his characters, making 
Will more complex than the script 
made him out to be. 

Ralph Fiennes, whose insistence 
on pronouncing his name "Rafe" 
never ceases to annoy me, has been 
to both extremes of film quality 
(1996 Best Picture The English 
Patient and 1998 Worst Picture The 
Avengers). But here, he manages to 
embody Dolarhyde's all too pathetic 
criminal mind with a skillful mastery 
of character. After all, how many 
other actors could make the act of 
eating an original William Blake 
painting right from the museum 
creepy? I don't understand what part 
of this requires he run around his 
house stark naked for a good five 
minutes, but I'm sure that was all 
Ratner's idea. 

Then we come to Emily Watson, 
that charming actress who plays 
Reba McClane, the woman who falls 
in love with Dolarhyde. She delivers 
a potent performance, resisting the 
temptation to just play a blind 
woman and be done with it (a stupid 
Hollywood custom with many dis- 
abled characters) and giving Reba as 
much for us to relate to as anyone 

Put all these actors together with a 
good script and a big budget and 
you've got yourself a winner. This 
film is thrilling without making you 
feel sick; it takes more of the psycho- 
logical mind games from The Silence 
of the Lambs and less of the mechan- 
ical gore from that horrendous, 
unmentionable third installment. So 
now the trilogy could be put away, 
but heck, there's always more room 
for improvement. Who's up for 
remaking Hanniball 

Casinos on campus 

Audrey Amidon 

Staff Writer 

This week, Bowdoin Film Society 
brings you movies about casino 
heists. It may seem like a rather lim- 
ited genre, but at least these two 
films fit nicely under that tide. 

Presented for your enjoyment are 
two different approaches to the same 
subject matter. First, at 7:00 
p.m. on Friday, Ocean's Eleven 
(2001) will be showing in Smith 
Auditorium. Last year we brought 
the 1960 Rat Pack version so that 
you could see the original, so we 
thought we might as well follow it up 
and bring the latest rendering. In this 
version, George Clooney takes on the 
role originated by Frank Sinatra, star- 
ring as Danny Ocean. Danny is 
recently released from prison and 
itching to get back in on the action. 
He gathers a few of his old friends 
(Brad Pitt and Matt Damon) to help 
him rob three casinos owned by the 
man who is interested in his ex-wife 
(Andy Garcia and Julia Roberts, 
respectively). No one would ever 
claim that this is a deep film, but 
there are certainly a lot of pretty peo- 
ple to look at and it's a lot of fun to go 
along for the ride. 

On Saturday at 7:00 p.m. we'll fol- 
low up with a film that's a little more 

serious. Croupier (1999) is a film 
about a guy named Jack (Clive 
Owen) who wants to be a writer but 
gets a job as a croupier in a London 
casino while he's waiting to fulfill his 
dream. While trying to make ends 
meet he continues to observe the 
people around him like a good writer 
would. Jack also becomes involved 
with one of Ute regulars, named Jam. 
(Alex Kingston-that's right: Dr. 
Corday from ER), who needs cash. 
She plans a heist at his casino and 
asks him to get in on the deal. Unlike 
Ocean's Eleven, this isn't the type of 
movie where you can predict the 
result of her scheme, so it's a little 
more interesting to watch. You may 
not have heard of this film, which is 
all the more reason that you should 
see it. If nothing else, you might 
want to see Croupier for the great 

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Halloween spirit, BFS will bring a 
few scary movies. Keep your heads 
up and your calendars marked for a 
very special screening of F.W. 
Mu rnau's The Haunted Castle 
(1921), with live pianist Doug 
Protsik. Doug recorded the score for 
this recently restored film and will 
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12 October 18, 2002 

The Bowdoin Orient 

Football feasts on Continental breakfast 

The Polar Bears defeated 
Hamilton College 28-14 
to win their second game 
in three years. 

Bobby Dcsaulniers 
Staff Wmtfr 

The Polar Bears put their first 
check in the win column hy beating 
the Hamilton Continentals 28-14 on 
Saturday of Parents Weekend The 
offense came alive as sophomore 
tailback Roh Palchctt ran for 167 

Although the defense gave up an 
early touchdown, the Bears respond- 
ed to completely shut down 
Hamilton's run game, while making 
three interceptions in the pass 

The game did. however, have its 
ups and downs. At the end of the first 
half. Bowdoin was up hy only six 
points. For the first time this season, 
the Polar Bears rose to the challenge 
and regained control of the game. 

They did so by scoring 15 points 
in the second half It was most defi- 
nitely a game to be remembered 

When asked ahoul the team's per- 
formance. Head Coach Dave Caputi 
said. "The reason why this game is 
such a step up for the team is that we 
dug ourselves out of a hole. We were 
down at the beginning of the game, 
but we rose to the challenge, did not 
panic, and made plays when we 
needed to." 

Bowdoin's first three games were 
against the top three teams in the 
conference this year: Williams. 
Amherst, and Tufts. Although the 
final scores were comparable to 
those of the past years, the Polar 
Bears improved immensely. 

The most notable statistic is the 

Serve it 



Phil Friedrich 

Staff Writer 

With five months remaining until 
the start of the spnng season, the 
Bowdoin Men's Tennis Team domi- 
nated their final fall tune-up tourna- 
ment, winning all four singles brack- 
ets at the Wallach Invitational hosted 
by Bates College on October 5. 
Leaving little doubt as to who the 
I team to beat was. Bowdoin placed 

seven of eight potential singles final- 
ists, with the lone non- Bowdoin spot 
going to Bates' Brett Cany Doubles 
action saw Bowdoin place a team in 
j both the "A" and "B" bracket finals. 
In what was the first of three all- 
> Bowdoin final matches. Mac Burke 

'OS defeated teammate Colin Joyner 
03 6-2. 7-5 to capture the "A" flight 

August Felker '03 made easy work 

of Bates' Brett Carty in the "B" flight 

/ finals, strolling to a 6-0. 6-2 champi- 

Please see TENNIS, page 14 

rushing yardage that the Bears have 
put up this fall. In the 2000 and 2001 
seasons, the Polar Bears rushed for 
an average of 89 and 148 yards per 
game, respectively. In 2002. even 
against top-ranked opponents, the 
Bears have averaged 183 yards per 
game, including a near 300-yard out- 
put against Hamilton. Bowdoin's sta- 
tus as the league's second-ranked 
rushing team is credit to an improved 

After the game, Gil Bamdollar '04 
said. "Hopefully this can be the turn- 
ing point of our season." Over the 
next few games, the team is confi- 
dent that the defense will continue 
taking positive steps forward. 

Even thought the team is still quite 
young, some young players are step- 
ping in and making an immediate 
impact upon the team. Offensively, 
first-year stand-out Matt 

Evan S. Kohn, Bowdoin Orient 

The Polar Bears dig deep in practice to improve strength and con- 
ditioning. Football improved to 1-3 with a victory over Hamilton. 

offensive line and running game. 

The Bear's defense had some diffi- 
culty with the first three teams on the 
schedule, but over the last two 
games, the young defense has started 
to gel. The Bears let up only 132 
yards rushing against Hamilton, and 
the Continentals' biggest gain was a 
26-yard fake punt. Every other play 
was contained under 20 yards. 

"Touchdown Stealer" Boyd has run 
for five touchdowns in the first four 
games. Other first years such as 
Bryan Duggan, last week's NESCAC 
Rookie of the Week, Shaun Kezer, 
and Mike Minogue (one interception 
against Hamilton) have contributed 
greatly to the ever-improving Polar 
Bear defense. 
Thanks to the improvement of the 

young defense as well as the compo- 
sure on offense, the team morale has 
never been higher. Coach Caputi and 
the captains of the team have pushed 
the idea of having fun for the last two 

Some players have been more 
vocal about the new "fun rule" than 
others. Defensive leader Jeb 
Boudreau '04, quite oddly, has even 
been heard singing "Steal My 
Kisses" by Ben Harper in the locker 
room and on the field. 

Over the past few years, the Bears 
have worked extremely hard in sea- 
son and out. The inflation of this 
year's statistics is evidence of that 
dedication. The "fun" approach put 
into the game-plan last week has led 
the Polar Bears to its first victory. 
Confidence is high and the Bears 
know that they will be victorious 
more frequently from this point for- 

"1-3. they still stink." Bowdoin 
Football may have been the butt of 
many jokes and "Ritalin rumors" 
over the past few years, as they com- 
piled a 1-15 record in their 2000- 
2001 seasons. 

Some even compare the Bears to 
the 0-14, 1976 Tampa Bay 
Buccaneers that, as the esteemed Dr. 
Casten professes, would have gone 
0-16 if they could have. But, as the 
Buccaneers evolved, so will the Polar 
Bears. With the win at Hamilton 
under their belt, they are well along 
their way. 

This Saturday, the Bears take on 
Trinity (3-1) on Whittier Field at 
1 30 p.m.. Bowdoin matches up quite 
well with the Bantams' style of play. 
So, keep the faith, cheer them on, and 
come to the game wearing black on 

Women's Soccer alive and kicking 

Allie Yanikoski 
Staff Writer 

With only three more regular sea- 
son games, the Bowdoin Women's 
Soccer Team has excellent potential 
to improve upon its current 8-2-1 
record before heading into postsea- 
son play. 

After easily beating the University 
of Southern Maine 4-1 on October 
ninth, the Polar Bears lost their most 
recent game last Saturday against 
rival Connecticut College. 2-1 in 
overtime. Junior co-captain Michal 
Shapiro scored the first goal of the 
game. 60 minutes into playing time. 

Neither Bowdoin nor Connecticut 
College took many shots on goal, as 
the Camels' goalkeeper and 
Bowdoin's keeper, sophomore Anna 
Shaped, each made only three saves 
in almost 100 minutes of playing 

"What determines whether or not a 
team wins is [its] intensity, focus, 
and (drive] to win." said Shapiro. 
"In the game on Saturday, we were 
lacking intensity. We did play a good 
game, but not at the speed or with the 
desire that is required to win the 

NESCAC games." 

Thus far, Bowdoin holds the 
fourth best NESCAC record, behind 
Tufts. Amherst, and Williams. The 
Polar Bears lost to Tufts 2- 1 in over- 
time two weeks ago; however, they 


Evan S. Kohn, Bowdoin Orient 

Rachel Kennedy *05 works on her agility 
in a practice drill. 

shut out both Amherst and Williams 
last month, 3-0 and 1-0 respectively. 
Yet out of all the 10 NESCAC 
teams, Bowdoin has the best overall 
record. Furthermore, the National 
Coaches' Association of 
America currently ranks 
the Polar Bears as the 23rd 
best Division III team in 
the country — the only 
NESCAC team besides 
Tufts (ranked 20th) in the 
top 25. 

"Our team has an amaz- 
ingly dedicated work 
ethic," said Shapiro. 
"Practices are always com- 
petitive and challenging, 
and we need to keep up this 
intensity. We are not yet 
there, but I believe that we 
can pull it together for 
these next three games, and 
then continue to pick it up 
in tournament play." 

The Polar Bears will 
face Trinity College, 
ranked eighth in the 
NESCAC. at home this 

Chaos at 

Grace Cho 

Staff Writer 

"Low to the ground, short and 
sweet" echoed out on the fields 
behind Farley Field House this past 
weekend. As spectators watched 
teams from all around the Northeast 
participate in the annual Red Tide 
Clam Bake Ultimate Frisbee 
Tournament, the Bowdoin Women's 
Ultimate Team, known as Chaos 
Theory, did just as the name suggest- 
ed and left a little chaos out on the 

Making their first appearance at 
the Clam Bake and seeded last in the 
tournament, the women surprised a 
few of their competitors by winning 
one out of five games. 

"Clam Bake is a prestigious, com- 
petitive tournament. . . and since most 
of the girls on the team have only 
been playing for four weeks now, it 
made our ability to compete this 
weekend much more impressive," 
said captain Anjali Dotson '04. 

Junior teammate Fuyumi Sato also 
felt the tournament was a positive 
learning experience for the young 

"It was good to get in a game and 
get a sense of how to play and use the 
skills we have been learning like 
forehand throws, hammer, and zone 
defense," added Sato. 

The women walked away from 
Clam Bake with the first ever 
Bowdoin win in Clam Bake history. 
While the ultimate team was proud 
of this achievement, they were equal- 
ly proud with their innovative cheers, 
costumes, and signature "worm" 

"It's all about the worm," said jun- 
ior team member Caroline Agusti. 

While playing the final game of 
the day. Chaos team member 
Desneige Hallbert '05 thought of a 
different and slightly neurotic way of 
breaking the Middlebury Lady 
Prankster's defense. 

The plan was to have several 
Chaos members on the field distractS 
the defenders by doing "the worm" 
dance while two players run in for an 
end zone pass. Though the "worm" 
was not executed as planned, the 
women have added another play to 
their repertoire. 

The next tournament Chaos 
Theory will play in is at Bates on 
October 26. 

The Bowdoin Orient 


■ i 

October 18, 2002 IS 

Runnin' with XC 

Running extraordinaires 
Todd Forsgren l 03 and 
Conor O'Brien '03 offer 
an insiders analysis of 
the Bowdoin Men's 
Cross Country Team. 

The Bowdoin cross country team 
went on fall break early to compete 
in the Open New England meet last 
Friday in Boston's Franklin Park. 
Moist conditions made the race hard, 
but it was a perfect opportunity for 
the seasoned Polar Bears to strut 
their stuff. 

The team finished eleventh in the 
race of 46 teams. They placed fourth 
of all Division III teams, just behind 

many of the one trick ponies, who'd 
used up all their cards for the short 
lived and premature glory of a fait 
opening. Forsgren s 25:27 was good 
enough for 55th and VVdaro's 23:29 
put him in 59th. Rubens finished in 
at 25:47. 

Sophomore Ben Archie Peisch 
was the only non-senior to run in the 
varsity race this past weekend. 
Peisch's youthful energy and exuber- 
ance made up for his lack of experi- 
ence. He rounded out the top five, 
scoring with a 26:06. 

Conor Savage O'Brien was a mere 
three seconds behind little Ben, and 
Dan Gulotta '03 only a few seconds 
behind that, forming a second tight 
package of Bowdoin runners. 

Dan Gulotta was in his element 
this week. Once Dan gets into a race 

Courtesy of 

Todd Dick Forsgren '03 (bib #48), with a short aerodynamic hair' 
cut, leads a pack of rival runners in action last fall. 

Keene State, Williams, and Bates. 

Scott Barbuto '03 went out hard 
and proved to have the endurance 
too. He was the first Polar Bear to 
finish with a blazing personal best 
time of 25:04 to come in 35th. This 
race shows Scott's consistent game 
over the course of the season — 
remember, ain't ho slowin' that train 

Three other seniors, Todd 
Forsgren, Pat Vardaro, and Jeff 
Rubens, came into the shoot next. 
Starting their race together at a 
steady cadence, they made their 
move deep into the event 

At the two-mile mark, the three- 
some surged forward, out-competing 

with nice wet conditions, there is no 
stopping him. When asked how he 
felt about the rain clouds that opened 
up moments before the race started, 
Gulotta responded "That's the way I 
like it." 

Juniors Scott Herrick and Taylor 
Washburn rested this past weekend. 
Both were tired from the vigorous 
team workouts earlier in the week 
and from their solid performances at 
last week's state meet, where they 
were instrumental in Bowdoin's first 
place finish. This weekend, the XC 
squad will be performing on 
Bowdoin's own Pickard Field for a 
homecoming meet against alumni 
and local runners. 

What are you 
doing next - 


SYR i 

Men ruggers still undefeated 
after besting Orono and Bates 

Mike Balulescu 

Staff Writer 

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A winning rugby team has become 
as much a part of the Bowdoin fall as 
dazzling foliage and fuzzy sweaters. 
Over the past two weekends, the rug- 
gers in black claimed wins against 
the University of Maine at Orono and 
Bates, and are poised once again to 
claim the top spot in the Division II 
Downcast Conference. 

Before a crowd of fans and family 
on Parents Weekend, the Bowdoin 
Men's Rugby Team fought hard 
against Mame-Orono, and pulled out 
a gritty 12-5 victory. Both teams 
were undefeated before the match, 
and both teams took the field know- 
ing that the day's victor would be in 
the best position to win this year's 
conference championship. 

"Orono came to play us having 
already beaten Colby," said Coach 
Rick Scala, "and Colby is almost 
always one of the best teams in New 
England. There was no question 
going into the match that we needed 
to beat Orono to keep our playoff 
hopes alive." 

Although Bowdoin never trailed, 
Orono kept the match close the entire 
game. "Our advantage over Orono 
has always been our fitness level," 
said Captain Dave Kirkland '03. 
"This year was [expletive] different. 
We kept expecting them to slow 
down, and they never did. Orono 
gave us a good game until the last 
whistle blew. [The match] was 
tougher than the [expletive] streets of 
Beverly on a Saturday night. But we 
had that [expletive] on lockdown." 

"We had focus and we had heart, 
and that's why we won," said senior 
Captain Dennis Kiley. "Dennis = 
tired. Interview = over." 

The forwards performed up to 
their usual standards, but it was the 
backs who really shined against 
Orono. Scrum half Tom "Ebony" 
Hazel '05 showed his continuing 
maturity on the pitch, and fly half 
Nick "Kiwi" Reid '05 turned in a 
shocker of a performance, despite 
nagging injuries from an unfortunate 
shaving accident. 

The excitement of the A game was 
somewhat eclipsed by the participa- 
tion of alumnus Jason "D* Anunnzio" 
Pietrafitta '02 in the B game. 
Pietrafitta was a Bowdoin rugby cap- 
tain-both his junior and senior years, 
and drove all the way to Brunswick 
from New Jersey to revisit his glory 
days as a Bowdoin rugger. 

"My career as a waste manage- 
ment consultant places huge 
demands on my time" said 
Pietrafitta, "but as soon as I had a 
free weekend, I knew where I wanted 
to go." 

In last week's action over fall 
break, Bowdoin turned in another 
victorious performance, this time 
over NESCAC rival Bates College. 
Although Bates played a good game, 
the ruggers in black won a solid vic- 
tory 46- 10, and improved to a perfect 
4-0 on the season. 

"We had to change our strategy 
somewhat, because Bates has such an 
Oddly-shaped field," remarked 
Coach Scala. "One of our greatest 
strengths is our kicking ability, and 
with such small try zones we didn't 
want to run the risk of kicking the 
ball out of bounds. So we decided to 
rely more on our forwards and on our 
speedy back line." 

Bowdoin responded well to the 
changes, and no one had a better 
game than Joe Wilson '02. Wilson 

Kartsen Moran, Bowdoin Orient 

Colin Heinle '03 is hoisted up by co-captain Dave Kirkland (#5) 
and Larry Jackson '05 (left) in a lineout against Bates College. The 
Polar Bear ruggers went on to win the game by a score of 46-10. 

had several good charges out of 
rucks, and despite a knee injury, ran 
at a furious pace. Wilson was hit hard 
in the second half and had to come 
out of the game, but he was not dis- 

"If I take it easy, I probably have 
six or seven years of Bowdoin rugby 
left in me. But I can't let my con- 
cerns for the future affect my com- 
mitment to the team right now. So I 
went out there against Bates and 
gave everything I had." 

Senior forward Tim Yanni-Lazarus 
also had an outstanding game. 
Despite the chilly climate of the 
greater Lewiston area, Yanni-Lazarus 
gave his usual effort, and by the end 
of the match was soaked head to toe. 

The Bates ruggers fielded a large 
squad for last Saturday's match, and 
as a result the B game was made up 
of mostly rookies and fresh players 
on both sides of the pitch. As usual, 
Bowdoin's rookies fired up and 
played with the same intensity and 
fire seen in the eyes of the veteran 

Taking over at scrum half, Adam 
Feit '06 was very pleased not only 
with his performance in the game, 
but also with his overall level of fit- 
ness. "We run a lot in practice, but I 
never feel like I am getting enough 
conditioning," noted Feit. "I have 
been trying to get in some extra car- 
dio work everywhere I can — in my 
dorm, on the quad, in the dining 
hall — and I think it's been paying off. 
I noticed that I was running better 
and keeping up later in the games 
because of my workout regiment. I 
want to be a total player, and there is 
nothing I wouldn't do for Bowdoin 

Rookie hooker Jason Cha '06 also 
performed well' in the B game, and 
caught the attention of coaches on 

both sidelines. Cha, who came down 
with the flu sometime late last 
Thursday night, had missed practice 
Friday and until the game began had 
been unsure about his ability to play. 

Cha mused, "It was a big surprise 
when I came down with something, 
especially on a Thursday night! I was 
so sick and I felt bad about missing 
practice, but you can't control these 
things. I am just glad that when I got 
out there I felt comfortable enough to 
fire up and contribute." 

After both games had ended, the 
Bowdoin ruggers passed on any 
ungentlemanly behavior, and instead 
chose to spend their fall break quiet- 
ly contemplating the season ahead. 

Senior forward Mike Balulescu 
was quite philosophical when asked 
about the season thus far. "We have 
had nothing but success, and that is 
pretty impressive, but you never 
know what could happen. We need 
to stay focused and be prepared for a 
tough road ahead. Even if you're in 
a good relationship with a woman, 
she can always panic and run away 
because she needs her independence. 
The same is true in rugby." 

Warren Dubitsky '04 had more 
coherent thoughts about the rest of 
the season. "We need to be careful 
not to get too confident," he said. 
"The match against Colby will be the 
biggest one of the season, and we 
need to keep our heads in game. We 
need to believe in each other and our- 
selves. I'm no priest, but I think if we 
do what we believe is right, we will 
earn ourselves a playoff spot." 

The men's rugby team will face off 
against Colby tomorrow at 11:00 
a.m. in the final match of the regular 
season. Join the Bowdoin alumni in 
cheering on the ruggers to another 
undefeated season. GO BLACK! 

14 October 18, 2002 


The Bowdoin Orient 

King Aeolus unleashes his bag o' winds 

Melanie Keene 

Staff Writer 


Despite windy and rainy condi- 
tions for the coed sailing team, the 
skippers and crews sailed through the 
elements while achieving some great 
finishes On Saturday, they warmed 
up at the Eastern Series IV regatta 
held at the University of Southern 

Tyler Dunphy '03 skippered A 
division with Melanie Kecnc '03 and 
Ryan Cauley 03 skippered B divi- 
sion with Becca Bartlett 06 As a 
team, they finished one point out of 
first place. While it was frustrating 
that they were heat hy their archene- 
my. Tufts, these Bowdoin sailors 
learned some valuahle lessons that 
they followed at MIT's Smith Trophy 
the following day. 

Keene sharpened her tactics and 
made sure to cover opponents below 
her boat, and Cauley. far from hack- 
ing it up in the third row. had a series 
of stellar first place starts. Working 
well together, the coed team 
achieved a superb fourth place finish 
out of 20 teams, qualifying them for 
the Hoyt Trophy, an extremely com- 
petitive intersection^ regatta. 

The previous weekend, the coed 
team also had a remarkable finish at 
UNH's Chris Loder Trophy. 
Dunphy/Kccne and Cauley/Bartlett 
stepped up to the challenge of 
extremely light winds and skewed 
courses to finish in award-winning 
sixth place. 

This past weekend. Bowdoin 
sailors traveled to Vermont to sail in 
the Lake Champlain Open. Picter 
Schccrlinck "05 skippered A division 
with Amy Titcomb '04 and Emily 
Bruns '06 skippered B division with 

Kaitsen Moran, Bowdoin Orient 
Skipper Eddie Brigand '05 with crew Sabrina Hall -Little '06 race together in a regatta earlier this fall. 

Caitlin Moore '06. 

While it was a frustrating regatta 
for the sailors in a new venue, they 
had a great time sailing through 
Sunday's four-foot waves and 
learned how to handle the boats, FJs, 
in heavy air and lots of chop! 

Laura Windecker '03 and Allie 
Binkowski '03 competed last week- 
end at the women's Single Handed 
Eliminations hosted by MIT. Forty- 
two women battled for the top 24 
places that advanced them to 
Sunday's final elimination. 

Binkowski made it to Sunday as 
she sailed extremely fast on 
Saturday, finishing eighth overall. 
However, Sunday proved to be more 


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challenging with a very talented fleet 
and she finished 16th out of 24. 

Last weekend, Bowdoin hosted 
the Eastern Series III regatta. The 
day was perfect for sailing with a 
great breeze and warm temperatures. 
Bowdoin sailors used their knowl- 
edge of the home venue to their 
advantage and won the regatta. 

Pieter Scheerlinck 'OS skippered 
with Amy Titcomb '04, sailing flaw- 
lessly throughout the day. and earn- 
ing the lowest points in the regatta. 
However, the all first year team, 
comprised of Emily Bruns '06 sail- 
ing with Ellen Grenley '06 and Frank 
Pizzo '06 sailing with Sophie Wiss 
'06, won the regatta! 

Other Bowdoin participants in the 
Eastern Series were Eddie Briganti 
'OS, who sailed with Sabrina Hall- 
Little '06, and Justin Berger 'OS, who 
sailed with Lisa Bonjour '06. In total, 
the regatta saw twelve races with the 
most critical wins achieved by the 
Bruns/Grenley team who won the 
last three races, ensuring an overall 
victory for the freshman team. 

The upcoming regattas this week- 
end will be chalk full of exciting 
regattas for the sailing team. There 
are various highly competitive regat- 
tas throughout New England and the 
women's team will officially begin 
competing for a berth to the Atlantic 
Coast Championship. 

Tennis awaits for 
real season to begin 

SERVE IT UP, from page 12 

onship victory. 

In yet another all-Bowdoin final, 
Nick McLean '03 downed John 
Posey '04 6-2, 6-2 to earn the "C" 
flight championship. 

The final and most grueling match 
of the day saw 
Bowdoin's Pat 
Soong '04 
defeat Barrett 
Lawson 'OS 1- 
6, 7-5 (10-6) 
for the "D" 
flight champi- 

The doubles 
teams of 

and Soong/Pat 
Keneally 'OS 
each reached 
the finals of 
their respec- 
tive doubles 
brackets, only 
to fall in the 
Burke and 
Felker were 
ousted in the 
"A" bracket 
finals, while 
Soong and 

Keneally suffered a 9-7 defeat in the 
"B" bracket finals. 

While the Wallach Invitational 
was the final fall tournament for the 
team, an eighth place ranking in the 
most recent national polls has earned 

Evan Kohn. Bowdoin Orient 

Bat Soong '04 unleashes his energy in 
the service. 

the Polar Bears a spot in an annual 
indoor tournament to be held at 
Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint 
Peter, Minnesota. 

"This will give us the chance to 
play the best teams in Division III 
and show where we stand at the 
beginning of the spring season," said 

The tourna- 
ment, sched- 
uled for the end 
of February, 
will host the 
top eight 

Division III 
teams from 
around the 

added, "We 
wrapped up the 
fall with a lot 
of success at 
the Bates 

and now our 
focus turns to a 
long winter 
that will take us 
to Minnesota 
and the start of 
the spring sea- 

Vball tops 
S. Maine 

Jenn Laraia 
Staff Writer 

After a tough weekend at Trinity, 
the Polar Bears rallied to defeat the 
University of Southern Maine in 
Bowdoin's last home match of the 
season on Wednesday, October 16. 
With the victory, the Bowdoin team 
improved its record to 8-12 on the 
season, surpassing last year's seven 

Last Friday, the Polar Bears kicked 
off the Trinity tournament with a 3-1 
loss to Connecticut College, posting 
close scores of 33-31, 14-30, 30-19, 
and 30-28. On Saturday, Bowdoin 
battled Trinity, and came away with a 
3-0 loss with game scores of 30-17, 
30-26, and 30-16. 

In their concluding match against 
Wesleyan, the Polar Bears continued 
their unlucky streak, dropping all 
three games, 30-12, 30-22, and 30- 
12. For the entire tournament, the 
Bowdoin team sorely missed one of 
its big offensive powers, Jessica 
Schlobohm '06, who was out with an 

Schlobohm returned in style on 
Wednesday, making high-powered 
plays for the Polar Bears in their vic- 
tory over USM. Bowdoin took down 
their Southern Maine rivals in three 

Kartsen Moran, Bowdoin Orient 

Becca Geehr '03 serves to 
Southern Maine. 

straight games, showing tremendous 
improvement and teamwork. 

Jess Reuben '03 made some amaz- 
ing blocks and kills that kept the 
Huskies guessing, and Mara Caruso 
'03 boasted a wicked serve that 
helped Bowdoin to dominate the first 
game. Becca Geehr '03 added offen- 
sive power in serves as well as kills 
and was instrumental in driving the 
team' intensity. 

Before Wednesday's match, senior 
tri-captain Geehr said, "It's been a 
hard couple of weeks, but the week- 
end break gave us some much need- 
ed rest and we're back arid ready to 

The Polar Bears hope to capitalize 
on the momentum they gained in 
their victory over USM. As they 
enter the end of the season, the team 
is gearing up for tournament play. 

The Bowdoin Orient 


October 18, 2002 15 „ 


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Grace Cho 

Staff Writer 

Although muddy and rainy condi- 
tions slowed down the field at 
Franklin Park, the Bowdoin 
Women's Cross Country team 
embraced the not-so-ideal conditions 
and showed some Division I schools 
just how tough Division III can be. 

"It was rainy and muddy, but 
everyone who raced did well ...we 
ran our best times of the season," 
said senior co-captain Libby Barney. 

Unable to field a complete team 
for the Open New England 
Championships, the six women to 
compete pushed for personal best 
times on the hilly Franklin Park 
course. Still, senior co-captain Bre 
McKenna could feel a difference 
without the support of the whole 

"We haven't eased up 
any of our training, so 
they're running very 
fast on high mileage 
and heavy training," 
said head coach Peter 

"It was a great meet and there were 
some great performances, but the 
absence of the majority of the team 
was felt," said McKenna. "But it just 
goes to show what a great team you 
have when you miss the girls that 

The women's team is gearing up 
and getting excited about the next 
few races coming. Only two weeks 
away from entering the postseason, 
head coach Peter Slovenski predicts 
a strong showing by the women. 

Judging by the performances from 
Open New Englands, the women 
appear to be running spectacularly on 
tired legs. 

"We haven't eased up on any of 
our training, so they're running very 
fast on high mileage and heavy train- 
ing," said Slovenski. 

The prospects are promising for 
the women as they enter NESCAC, 
ECAC, and Division III champi- 
onships during the next four weeks 
of racing. NESCAC's will be the 
first postseason race for the Polar 
Bears and will be hosted by Tufts 

NBA Preview: Kings to top Magic in '03 

J.P. Box 


I am guilty as charged. The 
Phoenix Suns did not defeat the 
Orlando Magic to become the 2002 
National Basketball Association 
Champions. Instead, the Los Angeles 
Lakers grabbed their third straight 
title by sweeping the overmatched 
New Jersey Nets. 

Exactly one year ago, I pretended 
to possess some supernatural power 
of precognition, picking the Suns and 
the Magic to square off for the NBA 
Championship. At the time, it looked 
like a sure deal with Grant Hill, who 
drinks Sprite, and Penny Hardaway 
returning from significant injuries. 

However, I failed to realize that 
their injuries were of the chronic 
nature. Despite my numerous 
requests. Phoenix and Orlando 
refused to fax me the medical rosters. 

Hence, my woeful picks were a 
reflection of the monopolistic med- 
ical profession that refused to 
divulge necessary knowledge. In no 
way, shape, or form do my picks last 
year reflect a substantial lack of bas- 
ketball knowledge or negligent 

To recap, the Phoenix Suns failed 
to make the playoffs, finishing 36-46 
in an extremely competitive Western 
Conference. Had they played 
Division III college ball against 
teams like Bowdoin, they would 
have surely made the playoffs. 

The Orlando Magic at least earned 
a postseason bid, but fell in the open- 
ing round to the Charlotte Hornets, 
three games to one. They won one 
playoff game. In order to have played 
each other in the playoffs, the Magic 
and Suns needed a combined 22 vic- 
tories. I find solace in the fact that I 
was only 21 short. 

Some might think that last year's 
fiasco may have stopped me from 
using a public forum to present my 
picks for this year's NBA 
Championship. However, at times 
like this, I remember that Michael 
Jordan was cut from his high 
school's varsity basketball team 
when he was a sophomore. I am try- 
ing again, just like Mike. 

Let's start with the Western 
Conference because anyone with a 
basketball IQ will tell you that the 
top four teams in the NBA play in the 
West. In other words, whoever 
emerges from this league will take 
the crown. 

Who are the big four? Dallas 
Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs, Los 
Angeles Lakers, and this season's 
world champions to-be Sacramento 

The Mavs will not represent the 
West in the finals for one simple rea- 

Photos courtesy 

The story of the NBA season: Chris Webber (top left) and Mike Bibby (bottom left) will take the cham- 
pionship trophy from Shaquielle O'Neal (top center) and Kobe Bryant (top right). The Dallas Mavs (bot- 
tom center) will fall short again, while the Magic, led by T-Mac (bottom right), will win the East. 

son: Raef LaFrentz and Michael 
Finley helped the U.S. Men's 
Basketball team finish fifth in world 
competition. If they cannot contain 
some dude from Madrid, how will 
they contain Kobe? 

The Spurs have the game's most 
complete post player in Tim Duncan, 
but San Antonio will ultimately fall 
due to its dependence upon David 
Robinson and Steve Smith, two 
aging stars past their primes. 

The Lakers will not take the title 
either. In fact, they never should have 
made it out of last year's seven-game 
showdown against the Sacramento 
Kings in the Conference Finals. 
Relying almost exclusively upon 
Kobe Bryant and Shaquielle O'Neal 
for offensive production, the Lakers 
were not the better team. 

Their strong veteran presence and 
roster of playoff-tested players, 
including Robert "Big Game" Horry 
and Rick Fox, was the difference in a 
tightly contested series. 

Conversely, the Kings roster was 
full of players without significant 
postseason experience. In addition, 
Peja Stojakovich, who averaged 21.4 
points per game during the regular 
season, was a non-factor in the series 
due to injury. 

After failing to close out a 3-2 
series lead in the Conference Finals, 
the Kings reached for sorry excuses 

and claimed the existence of a 
league-wide conspiracy against the 

After game six, Coach Rick 
Adelman said, "I feel sorry for our 
team, because they did everything 
they could to win me game. It's a 
shame, a real shame. ...Our big guys 
get 20 fouls, and Shaq gets four. You 
tell me. Obviously, they got the game 
called the way they wanted to get it 

Just for the record, Shaq is an 
offensive force who plays extremely 
aggressively, and thus draws a signif- 
icant number of fouls. Vlade Divac 
and Scott Pollard do not attack the 
basket with the power and intensity 
of an O'Neal. As a result, they draw 
fewer fouls. 

There is no conspiracy afloat that 
explains the Kings' inability to close 
out the series — the Lakers were sim- 
ply more composed down the stretch 
and hit clutch shots. 

In 2003, however, the gap will 
close and the Kings will not need to 
complain about the size of Shaq's 
muscles or the unfair enormity of his 

The addition of the athletic, shot- 
blocking Keon Clark and a healthy 
Stojakovic will prove to be too much 
for the Lakers to handle in the 
Western Conference Finals. The 
Kings will defeat the world champs 

in six games to earn a spot in the 
NBA Finals. 

The Eastern Champion will be 
swept in four games. After facing the 
likes of the Mavs, Spurs, and Lakers, 
the Western champ will run right 
over any contender. But, who will the 
Kings defeat? 

Some analysts may pick the 
Celtics (even though they traded for 
the under-achieving Vin Baker), oth- 
ers will pick the Nets to repeat in the 
East due to presence of Dikembe 
Mutombo, and still others will pick 
the Indiana Pacers banking on the 
continued development of Jermaine 

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Magic because Grant Hill claims to 
be healthy again. Imagine this start- 
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Mike Miller at point, Tracy McGrady 
at small forward. Grant Hill at power 
forward, and Bo Outlaw at center. 

Yes, they are undersized, but they 
will create offensive mismatches and 
exploit the opposition's lack of team 
speed. Their success is contingent 
upon building an innovative defense 
in the zone era that will compensate 
for their lack of size. 

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coast-to-coast series — and I am the 
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The Bowdoin Orient 

Weekly Calendar 



SCHOOL 5HH1 1 WfctkbNW 

liiulax Drag/Retro Day (go drag, retro or both!) 
Saturday: Wear School Colors (symbols, emblems, whatever!) 

FILM: Ocean's 11 

Bowdoin Film Society 

Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium, 

7:00 p.m. 


Jill Fredston, master rower, author, and co-director 

of the Alaska Mountain Safety Center, a nonprofit 

organization that provides training to the general 

public in avalanche hazard evaluation, mountain 

rescue, and other wilderness skills. She is the 

author of Rowing to Latitude. 

Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater, 

12:30-1:30 p.m. 

Slide Show: 

Tim Leach, photograher, adventurer, and 
activist will speak and present slides on the 
Artie wilderness. This presentation is one of 
40 that will be given along Leach's 1,600-mile 
bicycle trek as part of his 8,000-mile nation- 
wide self-propelled journey called the "Walk to 
Washington, D.C. for the Arctic Refuge." 
V.A.C., Beam Classroom 
7:00 p.m. 


Be entertained by the various talents of 

your fellow Bowdoin bears! 

Morrell Lounge, Smith Union 

8:00 - 9:30 p.m. 



Hyde Plaza, 
10:00 p.m. 




Ladd House, 11:30 p.m. 

Saturday: homecoming! 

Bowdoin vs. Trinity 

Men's Soccer: Pickard Field, 1 1:00 a.m. 

Women's Soccer: 11:30 am. 

Field Hockey: Ryan Field, 1 1:30 sum. 

Football: Whittier Field, 1:30 p.m. 


Chamber Choir and 

Chorus Concert 

Bowdoin Chapel 

2:00 p.m. 

Do you like Colby? Neither do we. 

Bowdoin Rugby (4-0) 

vs. Colby Rugby (3-1) 


* Winner advances to 
Sew England Division U championships 

FILM: Croupier 

Bowdoin Film Society 

Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium 

7:00 p.m. 


The one and only 
Han Kondabolu '04 performs 
his critically acclaimed comic 

act, "Keeping it Brown." 
V.A.C., Kresge Auditorium, 

8:00 p.m. 

Meddiebempster Concert! 

Morrell Lounge, 8:00 p.m. 


7th Annual Quinby House Flag 
Football Tournament! 

Bring teams of 5-7 for a wonder- 
ful afternoon of football. $8 per 
player for free lunch and tee 
shirt, benefits the American 
Hearth Association. 
Farley Fields, 12 noon 


Bowdoin Chapel, 

4:30 p.m. 

Writing Project 

Sundays: Russwurm 

House library, 

6:00- 11 :00 p.m. 

Monday- Wednesday, 

H&L Library, 3rd Floor, 

8:30- 11 :00 p.m. 


Etiquette Dinner 

Career Planning. 
Moulton Union. 
6:00 - 7:30 p.m. 

Local Theater: Chicago and Other Places 

The Theater Project of Brunswick opens its season with two plays in one production: Chicago, 
written by Sam Shephard, a one-act set in a bathtub; and Other Places, written by Harold 
Pinter, a play that combines two plays in one. Tickets: $15, $10 (students) 

The Theater Project 

14 School Street, Brunswick 

For more information and tickets, call 729-8584. 

Vote Training and Planning Session: 

Help mobilize students and plan a GIANT 'Get Out the 
Vote Week!' Encourage students to vote and bring them 

to the polls. 

Adams Hall, First Floor, 9:00 p.m. 

"REMEMBER to Vote! Tuesday, November 5th.* 



JUNG SEMINAR: Jennifer Lyons presents, "Shifting 

Inner Realities: My Adaptation Experiences." 

V.A.C., Beam Classroom, 4:00 p.m. 

President Mills' Office Hours: 

Morrell Lounge, Smith Union, 

12:00-2:00 p.m. 

German Table: Thome Hall, Pinette Dining 

Room, 5:00-7:15 p.m. 

Chinese Dining Table: Thome Hall, 

Hutchinson Room, 5:30-7:00 p.m. 


"Ethics and Neuroscience: Should We Place Any Limits 

on Engineering the Brain?" by Arthur Caplan, director 

of the Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania. 

V.A.C., Kresge Auditorium 

7:30 p.m. 


Lecture: Archaeology Month Lecture 

The series' final lecture will be given by Dr. Daniel Sandweiss, University of Maine-Orono, 

on "The Maritime Tradition of Ancient Peru: First Arrivals to the Inca Empire." Sandweiss 

has excavated some of the earliest evidence of fishing 

and shellfish exploitation in South America. 

V.A.C., Kresge Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. 

French Table: Thome Hall, Pinette 

Dining Room, 5:00-7: 15 p.m. 

Japanese Dining Table: Thome Hall, 

Hutchinson Room, 5:30-7:00 p.m. 


Kibbe Science Lecture: 

"Space-time Warps and the Quantum: A 

Glimpse of the Future," by Kip S. 
Thome, theoretical physicist, California 

Institute of Technology. 
Cleaveland Hall, Room 151, 7:30 p.m. 



Get as ugly as possible (using your medi- 
um of choice) and show up ready to work 
it on the runway. 1st, 2nd. and 3rd place 
prizes will be rewarded to the most 
hideous contestants, 
including gift certificates to 
L.L. Bean, Bull Moose, 
and Ben & Jerry's. 
Smith Union, 

8:30 p.m. 


Robert Reich, former Secretary of 

Labor, delivers a lecture entitled 

'The War on Terrorism: Economic 

Consequences." Tickets are 

required; available at the Smith 

Union Info. Desk: free with 

Bowdoin I.D., $15 general public. 

Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater, 

8:00 p.m. 

Trey A¥W4tci4Co~ 

7:30 p.m. 

Portland Expo 

239 Park Ave. 

Portland, ME 

Tickets: $35.00 

For more information and tickets, 

call (207) 775-3331. 

Senior Pub Night 

Jack McGee's Pub 
10:00 p.m. 

Construction News! 

It is our pleasure to make you aware of the new construction on the Bowdoin College 

Quad. This new building, a mausoleum to the former grading system, marks the return of 

my company to your college's campus. In years past, we would construct buildings for the 

college at no small expense to ourselves. 

Feel that the faculty totally disregard student opinion this year? Pay your final respects on 

the quad today. The Green Hornet Construction Company has provided politically 

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Saturday. Oct. 26: Mae Def, Morrell Gym, 8:00 p.m. (Tickets: $10 with Bowdoin I.D.) 

Bowdoin Orient 

Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine 

The Oldest Continuously Published College Weekly in the U.S. 

October 25, 2002 
Volume CXXXII, Number 6 

center for 
Outing Club 

Ted Reinert 

Staff Writer 

Winston Churchill once said. 
"Initially people shape a building, but in 
the long run, buildings shape people." 

Time will tell how the Bowdoin 
Outing Club's new home, the Schwartz 
Outdoor Leadership Center, will shape 
the BOC members that pass through its 
doors, but the speakers at its dedication 
indicated that those changes will be 

A reception attended by trustees, 
administrators, and students was held at 
5:30 p.m. on October 18 in the new 
building. Remarks were given by 
President Barry Mills "72, Director of 
the Outing Club Michael Woodruff '87. 
Allison M. Binkowski '03, trustee 
Steven M. Schwartz '70, and his wife 
Paula Mae Schwartz. The value of out- 
door education was a common thread 
through all the speeches. All who 
attended the dedication received a t- 
shirt commemorating the event The 
shirt, gray with green trim, features a 
drawing of the OLC and the aforemen- 
tioned Churchill quote. 

After Chair of the Board of Trustees 
Donald M. Zuckert '56 opened the cer- 
emony. Mills gave the welcome. The 
President shared some anecdotes of his 
recent adventures in toe outdoors with 
his wife. Associate Vice President for 
Development and Alumni Relations 
Scott Meiklejohn, and Woodruff; and 
remarked on the role of the Outing 
Club, Bowdoin's most popular student 

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Karsten Moran, Bowdoin Orient 

President Barry Mills, left with Todd Buell '03, responded to stu- 
dents' questions about everything from the relocation of convoca- 
tion to new NESCAC regulations on WBOR Wednesday night 

Panel preps seniors 

Beyond Bowdoin Discussions aid students in job hunt 

Sara Bodnar 

Staff Writer 


Woodruff thanked the donors and 
paid tribute to Jim Lentz, Bowdoin's 
football coach from 1968 to 1983, who 
was hired in 1984 as the BOC's first 
full-time director. 

Binkowski, the BOC's Hiking Club 
head and Equipment Room Manager, 
reflected upon the BOC's impact on her 
Bowdoin career and remarked on how 
the new facility has made her job as 
Equipment Room Manager much easi- 
er than when BOC equipment was 
stored in "the dungeon" of Burnett 
House's basement She then presented a 
polar bear welcome mat to the 
Schwartzes, who donated the lead gift 
for the building. 

Steven Schwartz also commented on 
the importance of outdoor education. 
He characterized the OLC as "a thank 

you to Bowdoin." Paula Schwartz 
talked about some outdoor adventures 
with her husband and said, "I hope that 
the Schwartz Outdoor Leadership 
Center will provide good feelings for all 
of you, inside and out" 

Mr. Schwartz was a James Bowdoin 
Scholar and member of Phi Beta 
Kappa He graduated magna cum laude 
with a Government major and English 
minor. He founded Schwartz 

Please see BOC, page 3 

Between a highly competitive job 
market and a sluggish economy, the job 
search beyond Bowdoirvcan be a daunt- 
ing, even terrifying process for seniors. 
However, Bowdoin's Alumni Career 
Programs and the Career Planning 
Center aim to alleviate this anxiety of 
job-seeking students. Both programs 
help students research career options 
and establish a network of connections. 

Last Friday, October 18, the Alumni 
Career Programs and the CPC dedicat- 
ed an afternoon to further assist students 
in their quests for jobs by co-sponsoring 
the Beyond Bowdoin Career Panel 
Discussions. Representing an extensive 
array of career fields, 22 alumni served 
as panelists and shared their job-related 
experiences with current students. 
Students had the opportunity to ask 
questions about everything from envi- 
ronmental consulting to graphic design. 

Director of Alumni Career Programs 
Lisa Tessler played a key role in the 
planning and execution of the event 
According to Tessler, one of the main 
objectives underlying the discussions 
was the exploration of the ways that a 
liberal arts education can be used in a 
variety of settings. Tessler said tiiat the 
event was intended to. "help students 
who may not know what they want to 
do but know their skills. The analytical, 
qualitative, and communicative skills 

cultivated at Bowdoin have a value in 
the marketplace," 

A prominent topic throughout the 
discussions was the endless value that a 
liberal arts education can have in the 
workplace. Panelist Dale Arnold '79, 
sports talk show host and television 
announcer, said that the Bowdoin edu- 
cation "serves as a base that will lead to 
everything else. A liberal arts education 
is better than a communications degree. 
It's not going to matter if you don't have 
hands on experience — you'll get expe- 

Fellow panelist Kevin Newbury '00, 
a theater director and supervisor, echoed 
Arnold's affirmation that a liberal arts 
education is a priceless resource. 
Newbury said that his Bowdoin-bred 
"ability to manage, analyze things, and 
write effectively" helps him greatly in 
his daily job experiences. 

The panel discussions also empha- 
sized the need for change and flexibility 
within the job search. After the event, 
senior Liz Wendell said, "I started to 
consider jobs that had never even been 
on my list before. I realize that no one 
finds their fit right after college; you 
find something that will be an approxi- 
mate stepping stone to a later career." 

Following the discussions was a 
reception for the speakers and guests, 
giving students a chance to establish 

Please see PANEL, page 3 

Brain engineering: 
the next hot trend? 

Hannah Dean 

Staff Writer 

Better reaction times, smarter kids, 
better quality of life— can bio-engi- 
neering offer these results and more? 
Or is the path of genetic improvement 
too overshadowed by a dark past and, 
perhaps, a darker future? 

Dr. Arthur Caplan, director of the 
Center for Bioethics at the University 
of Pennsylvania, addressed these ques- 
tions and others in Bowdoin's Arnold 
D. Kates Science Lecture, entitled 
Ethics and Neuroscience: Should we 
place any limits on engineering the 
brain?, on Tuesday night. 

Caplan began by simply stating that 
"Yes, 1 think we should enhance our 
brains." However, the arguments that 
he used to support this statement, the 
history that the statement recalls, and 
the moral baggage that his opinion car- 
ries with it called to attention a wide 
range of material. 

The most immediate response to 
genetic engineering or bio-engineer- 
ing, said Caplan, is "Yuck." The reac- 
tion is one based more on "ethical intu- 
ition," and, though he admitted that 
"there may be some truth" in this gut 
reaction, he emphasized that intuition 
is the "start of the moral argument, not 

the end of it" In fact, Caplan said that 
if we look back at history, it is some- 
times the moments during which we 
get "past an intuition" that we are able 
to make the most progress. 

On the other hand, Caplan also 
noted that there have been times in his- 
tory when bypassing basic human intu- 
ition has had disastrous results. The 
most glaring historical example of this 
is the "greatest crime committed in the 
name of science — the Holocaust." 
Many of the experiments done during 
this gruesome episode of history were 
for the sake of the "improvement of the 
species" — which was what Nazi 
eugenics was all about 

Caplan acknowledged that, even 
though die Holocaust was horrific and 
done in the name genetic improve- 
ment, the Nazis were applying this 

Please see BIOETHICS, page 2 

Athletic hall honors alumni 

Karsten Moran, Bowdoin Orient 

The Hall of Honor recognizes five influential athletes, including 
Joan Benoit Samuelson '79 and former hockey coach Sid Watson. 

Jennie Cohen 

Staff Writer 

Five members were inducted into 
the new Bowdoin College Hall of 
Honor, located outside Morrell 
Gymnasium on Saturday, October 19. 
The members, C. Nelson Core '39, Jill 
Isenhart '86, Kenneth Martin '69, 
Joan Benoit Samuelson '79, and 
Sidney Watson, were selected from 
120 nominees. 

Alumni and supporters of Bowdoin 

athletics attended the ceremony at a 
brunch in Thome dining hall. 

The five inaugural inductees "rep- 
resent the best of the best of Bowdoin 
athletics," said Mary King '80 in her 
welcome. According to King, a goal of 
the ceremony was to celebrate "all that 
athletics has meant to those of us who 
have spent time beneath these pines." 

Commenting on the function of the 
Hall of Honor, Director of Athletics 
Jeff Ward explained, "The creation of 



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the hall helps [students] remember 
that they are on the same team with the 
inductees. Their accomplishments fill 
us with pride and raise our expecta- 

Sean Hanley '76, who presented 
Nelson Corey's induction, praised 
Corey as being an "intense athlete 
[who had] an ability to balance his 
intensity on the playing field with 
humor." A star baseball, hockey, and 
football player at Bowdoin. Corey 
came back to coach those sports as 
well as lacrosse. Remembering his 
days as Bowdoin's first lacrosse 
coach, Corey admitted, "No one 
played the game, .'.there was one book 
written about lacrosse, and I would 
read it every night like the Scripture." 

In her induction acceptance, Jill 
Isenhart praised the "camaraderie and 
chance to work together with team- 
mates and coaches" that she encoun- 
tered in her athletic career. "The foun- 
dation gained from playing sports has 
proved more valuable than anything 1 
gained from books and professors," 
she said. 

Presenting Joan Benoit 
Samuelson 's induction was Dana 
Krueger '99, who told Samuelson, 
"You are, without question, the 
world's finest distance runner... your 
accomplishments propelled women's 
running to' the national conscious- 
ness." Samuelson, a four-time AU- 
American, recounted the "trials and 
tribulations of practicing with men's 
cross country and track," and training 
that she found "challenging and fulfill- 
ing," all before the days of established 
women's sports. 

Please see ATHLETICS . page 3 



October 25, 2002 


The Bowdoin Orient 

Leach lecture creates caribou concerns 

Sam Downing 

Staff Writer 

The polar bears in the audience sport- 
ed Carhartt overalls instead of white fur, 
but on Friday Tim Leach brough to life 
ihc case for protecting the tern tory of the 
real bears, the Arctic National Wildlife 
Refuge, from oil drilling, as he gave 
dozens of viewers a glimpse of his 500- 
inilc solo bike journey and research in 
the coastal plains of Alaska. 

Leach argued that consumption driv- 
en and politically motivated oil explo- 
ration would ravage the landscape, deci- 
mate a peaceful culture, and impenl the 
largest herd of Porcupine Caribou in the 
world The impacts of jeopardizing an 
important calving ground for migratory 
species. Leach argued, would be felt 

Framing the struggle for preservation 
of the ANWR coastal plain as both a 
human nghts and environmental protec- 
tion imperative. Leach, an arctic 
researcher, advocate, nature photogra- 
pher, and self-described adventurer, col- 
lected the stories of the Gwich'in people 
in northeastern Alaska during five weeks 
of field work in the arctic for the past two 
summers, and used them to demonstrate 
the importance of preserving the last 
remaining five percent of the refuge, 
which is not currently open to drilling. 

Leach represented the Caribou 
Commons Project which is sponsoring 
a series of walks and talks to inform 
Americans of the dangers of drilling in 
ANWR. As part of the senes of self-pro- 
pelled "Walk to Washington" events, the 
Bowdoin Evergreens and a handful of 
community members joined the project 
on a leg of the 1600-mile East Coast 
walk, trekking up Maine Street from 
Fort Andross to the College. 

The group has walked, hiked, and 
even sea kayaked to support self-pro- 
pelled alternatives to a fuel driven socie- 
ty: at the same time they urge protection 
of ANWR Other tnps departed from 
Seattle and Kansas City. The goal, 
according to Leach, is to "gather the 
voices |ot concerned citizens] as we go. 
getting as many voices as we can from 
across the country " 

They will bring the message to (he 
Senate, which, despite rejecting a pro- 
posal in April to open up the last protect- 
ed five percent of the refuge to drilling, 
has not taken action to permanently pro- 
tect ANWR. Leach's presentation 
focused on his slides of the tnp. with 
added commentary from another 
Caribou Commons member, Julie 
Momssey. and music and words from 
the Gwich'in people. Heather Colman- 
McC Jill 04 of the Bowdoin Evergreens 
introduced the speakers. 

The slides showed an area of stark 
beauty. Too far north to support trees, 
the coastal plain stretches across the 
horizon. The environment is classified 
as "tow tundra" Leach put to rest any 
notions of a barren wasteland, however, 
by zooming in on delicate purple wild- 
flowers, tiny birds, of which there are 
130 species that migrate in the summer- 

A lonely Porcupine Caribou gazes at the horizon. 

time. Dall sheep moose, wolves, grizzly 
bears, polar bears, and musk ox. 

The habitat is critical to the Porcupine 
Caribou (whose name refers to a river 
they cross during migration and not a 
spiky coat) because the winds across the 
coastal plain keep the mosquitoes away. 
Often, said Leach, the caribou will climb 
onto an ice pack to cool off while escap- 
ing the bloodsuckers. Their population 
numbers 120,000. 

"They are the largest herd of anything 
in North America," said Leach. "If we 
don't protect the area from drilling, they 
could go the way of the buffalo." 
Currently, the caribou migration, at 700 
miles, is the longest of any mammal, 
stretching from western Canada to 

Drilling, which is estimated to yield 
3.2 million barrels, or a six-month exclu- 
sive supply for the U.S., would, accord- 
ing to Leach, kill off at feast 40 percent 
of the caribou herd and perhaps reach a 
critical point that would lead to extinc- 
tion. The reasons for the decline, said 
Leach, are that the raised pipeline would 
interfere with migration patterns; at the 
same time, the pollution caused by the 
release of nitrogen oxide into the atmos- 
phere as natural gases are reinserted into 
the ground would hurt the balance of the 
ecosystem. Spills would accentuate the 

Leach conceded that a majority of 
Alaskans do support drilling to boost the 
economy and extend the viability of the 
stale's oil yield. Estimates that place the 
ANWR yield at 3.2 million barrels are 
disputed by preservation opponents, 
who contend that estimates for drilling in 
other parts of the state were several times 
below the actual yield. However. Leach 
blamed the powerful oil lobby for exag- 
gerating the benefits it could derive from 
new. cleaner technology, noting their 
"horrible track record" and spills such as 
that of the Exxon Vakfcz 

The goal of Leach and his organiza- 
tion, he says, is to help the country refo- 
cus on the basic issues involved in the 
debate over preserving the refuge. "Do 
we want drilling in these places to sup- 
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umesthe yield [that opening up ANWR 
is estimated to provide)." 

"We should voice our opinions as 
consumers as well as constituents," 
Leach said, to attack the need and the 
consequence of drilling in the arctic. 

Caplan weighs pros and cons of bioengineering 

BiOETHICS, from page I 

improvement to a group of people 
rather than to individuals. Today, when 
bioengineering is considered as a 
means of improving the brain, such 
improvements are on an 
individual level. 

Furthermore, while the 
Nazis enforced these 
improvements by means 
of coercion, present day 
bioengineering is based 
on individual choice and 
consent. Thus, "it is not 
fair to lump together all 
eugenics with the out- 
comes and the processes 
used during the Holocaust" 
Having addressed the 
arguments about genetic 
ments, Caplan discussed 
associated with availability of bioengi- 
neering. He said, "If these technologies 
come to pass, there will be great 
inequity," not only between social 
classes within the United States, but 
also between developed and underde- 
veloped countries. Caplan admitted 
that he is "very concerned about 

inequity but those are not arguments 
against improvement, those are argu- 
ments against inequity;" a problem 
whkii can be solved through laws con- 
cerning the technologies available 
However, according to Caplan, not 
only are there 
inherent argu- 
ments against 
there are also 
inherent argu- 
ments in human 
nature in favor 
of the improve- 
ments made 
available by 
present day 
technology and genetic research. 

"Every ethical code says that the 
number one duty of the parents is to 
make it better for your kids," he 

In response to the question of limit- 
ing the engineering of the brain, Caplan 
commented that because it is the inher- 
ent moral attitude of each individual to 
improve the lot of those whom they 
beget, such improvements will essen- 
tially be limitless. 

According to Caplan, 
not only are there 
inherent arguments 
against bioengineering, 
there are also inherent 
arguments... in favor 
of the improvements. 



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Education act sets lofty 
goals for schools 

The Education Department sent out 
warnings to school commissioners 
across the country on Thursday, claim- 
ing educators who are not in favor of the 
No Child Left Behind act are "enemies 
of equal justice and equal opportunity" 
and vowing that "they will not suc- 

The act sets ambitious objectives for 
recruiting qualified teachers in low bud- 
geted schools and eliminating differ- 
ences in achievement among whites. 
Hacks, and Hispanics while offering 
children in constandy failing schools the 
choice of transferring. 

"Some states have lowered the bar of 
expectations to hide the low perform- 
ance of their schools," said the letter 
from the Education Department 
Patricia Sullivan, deputy executive 
director of the Council of Chief State 
School Officers, said she saw the letter 
as "a signal that they don't want people 
gaming the system," delivered, not inci- 
dentally, two weeks before Election 

According to the Education 
Department, trie law gives states a broad 
margin to set the bar for student achieve- 
ment where they wish 

copyright and censorship. China 
blocked access to Google last month. 

Google spokesman Nate Tyler said, 
"We occasionally receive notices from 
partners, users, government agencies 
and the like about sites in our index. We 
carefully consider any credible com- 
plaint on a case-by-case basis and take 
necessary action when needed.. .to avoid 
legal liability, [and] we remove sites 
from Google search results pages that 
may conflict with local laws." 



Google embroiled 
censorship conflict 

in, the world's most visited 
Internet search engine, has decided to 
exclude approximately 100 sites from 
its search listings. Most attention has 
been directed to changes in Google's 
Ranee and Germany listings, where 
numerous anti-Semitic, pro-Nazi, and 
white supremacy sites are now absent. 
Also banned is, a fun- 
damentalist Christian site that is 
adamantly opposed to abortion 

A Harvard report released results of 
automated testing of Google's massive 
15 billion-page index and a comparison 
of the results returned by different for- 
eign-language versions. The test found 
113 excluded sites, most with racial 

State park hikes fees for 
first time in decade 

Baxter State Park is raising fees, 
effective November 1, for the first time 
in a decade Changes in the way visitors 
go about making reservations are also 
under revision, but are unlikely to be 
passed in the next two years. 

Other changes under consideration 
include lowering the maximum stay at a 
campsite from 14 to seven days and lim- 
iting campers to making just two reser- 
vations per transaction on the "opening 
day" of reservations. 

Park Director Buzz Caverly said that 
these ideas are simply being explored 
and no changes will be made without 
public involvement / 

For state residents, the 200,000 acre 
wilderness park in northern Maine, 
home to Mount Katahdin, Maine's high- 
est peak, will still be accessible for free. 
A 30 percent fee increase, which goes 
into effect on November I for winter 
campers, and on January 1 for summer 
campers, was approved last May. A 20 
percent increase for the following year 
was approved on October IS. 

The increased revenue will compen- 
sate for previous drops from trees har- 
vested on park land, a decrease in the 
number of fee-paying winter visitors, 
and some lasses from trie trust fund 

The Harvard report comes as Google 
is beco m i ng incrca w ngry embroiled in 
international political disputes over 

College life 

Missouri frat suspended 
for hazing pledges 

A fraternity at the University of 
Missouri-Columbia was suspended for 
four years for violating the school's anti- 

hazing policy. 

According to an investigation by 
Greek Life coordinator Chris Linder, 
pledges were made to sit for up to two 
hours with pillowcases over their heads 
while fraternity members yelled insults 
and poured alcohol on them. 

Other fraternity members' actions 
included blowing horns and breaking 
beer bottles, keeping them awake by 
pounding on their doors, making 
pledges shave without shaving cream, 
and making them clean up bins of trash 
that had been tossed into halls. 

The suspension prevents Sigma Chi 
from participating in certain events, 
including Homecoming and Greek 
Week, until July 2004. 

Colleges crack down on 
chalk usage 

Colleges across the country are tak- 
ing steps to limit the amount of chalking 
on campus. 

Minnesota State University 
Moorhead adopted a policy this semes- 
ter requiring student organizations to 
obtain a permit before writing messages 
in specific areas of campus where chalk- 
ing is allowed. 

"It's a way for the people who do the 
chalking to make themselves known so 
we don't have anonymous hate speech," 
said university spokesman Doug 

At the University of Nebraska, stu- 
dents must confine chalkings to two dis- 
tinct areas of campus. "Not only does it 
restrict our right to free speech, but it 
also seems land of silly," said student 
Chris Norton, president of Nebraska's 
chapter of the Campus Freethought 
Alliance. "It's only chalk, after all. It's 
not going to be there forever." 

When University of Kentucky stu- 
dent David Hutchinson chalked a get- 
out-the- vote message prior to the 2000 
presidential election, he found himself 
accused of defacing public property. If 
caught in a second act, Hutchinson 
would be suspended Two years lata, 
the University is dose to officially lim- 
iting chalking to specific areas on cam- 

"It's a good way for people to get 
their messages across," said. Ohio 
Wesleyan University Dean of Students 
John Ddaney. "And afl * takes is • good 
rain and it's gone, so it works out pretty 
well for everyone." 

—Compiled by Evan Kohm 

The Bowdoin Orient 


October 25, 2002 

Dedication of new Outing Club center highlighted by speech from avalanche expert 

BOC, from page 1 

Communications with Mrs. Schwartz in 

The event capped off a big day for the 
Outing Club. Jill Fredston, co-director 
of the Alaska Mountain Safety Center 
and one of America's leading avalanche 
experts, visited the campus. Fredston 
has worked on mountain stunts and 
safety for several feature films, includ- 
ing Seven Years in Tibet Fredston, also 
a master rower, spoke at Common Hour 
about her book Rowing to Latitude: 
Journeys Along the Arctic 's Edge, which 
describes her many rowing expeditions 
along the coasts of Greenland, Alaska, 
and Norway. 

Fredston gave two classes for BOC 
leaders while she was on campus. In the 
morning, she talked about avalanche 
knowledge, and in the afternoon, she 
gave a workshop on leadership and 
decision-making skills. 

"She was very informative and a 
wonderful speaker, very personable, 
and an inspiration to all of us that are 
interested in outdoor activities and mak- 
ing a life out of them" said Laura 
Jefferis '05, who attended the class. 

The OLC opened this summer and 

Karstcn Moran, Bowdoin Orient 
Attendees of the dedication socialize outside the leadership center. 

was used to launch the annual pre-ori- 
entation trips for the Class of 2006. The 
building was designed by Richard 
Renner of Van Dam & Renner 
Architects of Portland and features an 
environment-friendly "green design." 

The $1.25 million facility includes 
staff offices, a map room a kitchen, an 
equipment room, and trip lockers 
around the central Beebe Room which 
was provided by a donation from E 

Colman Beebe '33 and his wife Janet 
M. Beebe. 

The Beebe Room features the James 
S. Lentz Hearth, dedicated to the Outing 
Club Director Emeritus, and was built 
using contributions from many of the 
football players Lentz coached at 
Bowdoin and Harvard. The room now 
has furniture around the hearth, and is 
decorated with student art, donated 
snowshoes, skis, and a moose head. 

Alum panels guide seniors 

PANEL, from page 1 

connections with alums and ask them 
additional questions. Tessler hoped that 
the event would stress the importance of 
networking. "Networking goes a long 
way to helping you find your niche in 
the world," Tessler said. 

This spring, the Alumni Career 
Programs and CPC will host additional 
networking events and discussions, giv- 
ing students numerous opportunities to 
establish a Bowdoin-based link with the 
outside world. 

HaU of Honor recognizes outstanding alum athletes 

ATHLETICS, from page 1 

The final induction was Sid Watson, 
a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. 
Watson coached Bowdoin's hockey 
team from 1959 to 1983, and served as 
athletic director from 1981 to 1998. 

Thanking the college in his speech, 
Watson said, "I enjoyed every day of 
getting up and coming here. . .if I had 
to do it I again, I wouldn't want it any 
other way. I have had a wonderful time 
[at] Bowdoin College." He joked that 
in the course of his time at Bowdoin, 

"some of the chants [at games] have 

Henry Bums, a member of the Hall 
of Honor selection committee, com- 
mented on the connections that 
Bowdoin athletics fosters among its 
athletes. Bums declared that there are 
"connections among everybody. Nels 
Corey hired Sid Watson, who was here 
during Joan Benoit's time. They tell a 
story of Bowdoin athletics together. 
[We are] picking individuals, but hon- 
oring entire an entire spectrum of 
Bowdoin athletics." 

Bowdoin builds house, 
relationship with family 

Natalie Craven 

Staff Writer 

After devoting the past year to 
fundraising, the Bowdoin chapter of 
Habitat for Humanity has begun con- 
structing a house for a family of six. 

Called the "Bowdoin Builds!" proj- 
ect, Bowdoin Habitat started building 
early this fall on a lot in Bowdoinham. 
Since the ground-breaking on 
September 11, groups of students have 
traveled to the building site every 
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 

Currently, the floor is in place and 
four walls are standing. With the help of 
student workers, Habitat aims to con- 
struct the roof in the coming weeks. 
"We need to close the house before the 
bad weather comes," explained Film 
Studies professor and Bowdoin Builds 
co-chair Tricia Welsch, who also organ- 
izes the food for Habitat builders every 
weekend. The project will "hopefully be 
done in March," according to Claire 
Black '04, also a co-chair. Black.who 
has helped organize the Bowdoin chap- 
ter of Habitat, added that the completion 
date is subject to change. 

Students that have spent the day 
building have voiced positive reviews. 
Nick Ordway '06 worked on the house 
during Common Good Day. "Everyone 
there was having fun and we were doing 
it for a good cause," he remembered. 

Nick Walker '04 noted that he enjoys 
the concrete aspect of building for 
Habitat: "With Habitat, you can see 
right before your eyes the effects of 
your charity." 

The family that will eventually live in 
the house— « couple with four children 
under the age of seven — often visits the 
building site. The father is a carpenter, 
and often works alongside the Bowdoin 

students. "It's been a lot of fun getting to 
know the family and learning their per- 
spectives," Black said.' Welsch agreed, 
"You never regret the work that you do 
to make something like this happen." 

Most Bowdoin students sign up to 
build without any previous experience. 
At the site, they divide into smaller 
teams and work with a "team leader," a 
student who has built before and who 
others can "look to for guidance" 
according to Walker, a team leader, who 
added that it is "about committing a cer- 
tain amount of time, and above all being 

The family works together with 
Habitat to construct the house, and will 
pay a reduced mortgage once they occu- 
py their home. They currently live in a 
two-bedroom apartment in the 
Brunswick area, and will double their 
living space by moving into the house. 

Although they have begun work on 
the house. Habitat is still looking to 
raise money. "We're realty hoping for 
support from student groups," Welsch 
said. The group has recently acquired a 
piece of sheathing that will be used in 
the roof of the house where anyone who 
donates money can sign their name. 
"Bowdoin Builds!" is also still search- 
ing for volunteers to build on the week- 

Habitat for Humanity constructs 
affordable housing in partnership with 
families in an effort to eliminate sub- 
standard low-income housing. Families 
apply to build a house and are selected 
based on income and willingness to col- 
laborate with Habitat All the materials 
used in the Bowdoinham house will 
either be purchased with money raised 
by Bowdoin Habitat, or are donated by 
local builders. 

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The Bowdoin Orient 

Spitzer's New Deal 

Finances Today 


in d senes 

Timothy J. Riemer 


This year New York State 
Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has 
focused his attention on Wall Street 
and ending the spree of corporate 
crimes that have sprung up this 

Spit/er has already reached a 
$100 million settlement with 
Merrill Lynch & Co. over ullcgu 
(ions that the firm 
privately criti- 
cized slink while praising 
the same stock to 
help maintain an 
investment hank- 
ing relationship. 

Spit/er is even 
using ground 
breaking legal 
theories to bring 
some of these 
criminals down. 

While it is a 
good thing that 
Attorney General 
Spitzer is trying 
to end this rash of 
corporate crime, 
he may inadvertantly stifle the effi- 
ciency of the markets. 

Although it is true that the alter- 
native (letting investment banks 
and CEOs lie about earnings and 
firm profitability) would have had 
a much worse impact on the mar- 
kets and the economy as we are 
seeing now. an overreaction by 
prosecutors and regulators could 
have a profoundly negative effect 
as well. 

Such an overreaction could 
cause analysts to be weary of giv- 
ing firms positive ratings in the 
fear of being prosecuted for doing 
so without good cause. 
Furthermore, an overreaction could 
cause CEOs and other executives 
to become skittish about taking 
chances with risky investments. 

While it is true that both analysts 
and executives should be weary of 
the risks involved in both of these 
situations, it also true that an over- 
reaction could cause analysts and 
executives to be too cautious. The 
down side of this scenario is that 
this could prevent capital from get- 
ting to the firms that deserve it, 
resulting in the misallocation of 
capital. The misallocation of capi- 
tal, although due to improper infor- 
mation about companies, is the 
cause of our current and much 
more serious economic woes than 
an overreaction would cause. 
* Attorney General Spitzer should 
be acting out against people like 
former WorldCom CEO Bernie 
Ebbers. However, using ground 
breaking legal theories to dp so 
may be a little dangerous. The 
conviction of different Wall Street 
figures, such as Martha Stewart, 
based on these radical theories 
could provide the legal precedence 
for further construal or interpreta- 
tions of securities law that will 
make many analysts and executives 
very queasy about their decisions. 

Right now investors are so 
uneasy about the state of corporate 
America that they jump at 

Courtesy of 

Eliot Spitzer, Attorney 
General of New York. 

moments notice from stocks to the 
relative security of bonds. This is 
why we are seeing such high levels 
of volatility in the markets. This is 
one of the reasons the economy is 
still struggling. Granted, the con- 
viction of corporate crooks will 
help soothe the worries of 
investors, but at the same time the 
daily news of 
more and more 
firms and 

employees being 
brought up on 
charges is equally 

There is a very 
fine line to walk 
here. Prosecutors 
and regulators 
want to set a 
strong tone in 
corporate law 
that will hopeful- 
ly prevent further 
corporate malfea- 
sance, but at the 
same they should 
not go too far. In 
other words, people in the position 
of Attorney General Spitzer should 
not make the end of corporate cor- 
ruption the backdrop of their polit- 
ical platform. This is the type of 
action that will lead to an overreac- 
tion, and most likely more econom- 
ic troubles. Even if economic trou- 
bles resulting from an overreaction 
are less problematic than those that 
have resulted from corporate 
crimes, it does not mean that these 
crimes should be ignored. 

Climate change and New England 

Aimee Tow 

Staff Writer 

In thinking of New England in 
October, what comes to mind? Warm 
apple cider, pumpkins sitting on 
front porches, crisp leaves, blue 
skies with a chill, and plaid every- 

Not to mention lots of homework, 
turning your heater on for the first 
time (which may or may not work), 
and, of course, fall break. Clearly 
Maine is the place to be during this 
time of year. 

But what happens when global cli- 
mate change strips New England of 
its fall character? 

Changing temperatures and pre- 
cipitation patterns are two ways cli- 
mate change could affect New 
England's bright foliage. Warmer 
temperatures resulting in shorter 
winters and drought increases may 
also devastate our delicious maple 
syrup harvests that account for 75 
percent of the country's maple syrup 

Climate change, caused by 
increases in greenhouse gas emis- 
sions, is a serious problem that 
threatens New England's identity 
and character, not to mention its 
ecosystems. But who will take the 
lead in mitigating the effects of cli- 
mate change and preserving what's 
at stake in New England? 

This past August, the New 
England Governors and Eastern 
Canadian Premiers signed a break- 
through agreement, reinforcing their 
commitment to reduce our region's 
greenhouse gas emissions. They 
passed the "Resolution 27-7 
Concerning Climate Change" that 
builds from the original Climate 
Change Action Plan they first adopt- 
ed in August of 2001 . 

This unique resolution includes 
measures to increase energy efficien- 

Casey Sills' Life, Part II 

World War II Series 

( Sixth in d series ) 

Kid Wongsrichanalai 
Staff Writer 

Casey Sills entered Bowdoin dur- 
ing President Hyde's twelfth year 
along with 59 other students. The 
College itself was still rather small,' 
having a total of less than 250 stu- 
dents, over ninety percent of which 
were Mainers. 

The curriculum revolved around 
Greek. Latin, more modern lan- 
guages — such as German, French, 
Spanish — and mathematics. Sills 
took many of these courses along 
with elocution — a course which 
served him well. Casey connected 
with many in his school years, but 
probably became closest to one of his 
professors. Henry Johnson, a man 
who taught Sills to love Dante and 
comparative literature. The feeling, 
evidently, was mutual. 

"If he were my own son. I could 
not love him more." Johnson said 
referring to his pupil. 

Sills also contributed to the 
College's publications, played ten- 
nis, became a member of the History 
Club and watched from afar as the 
United States went to war with 
Spain. His Bowdoin education 
seems to have lacked only those 

courses pertaining to the sciences — a 
fact that Sills would later regret. 

As Kenneth Sills grew in mind, 
body, and spirit, he also grew to love 
Bowdoin College. A large part of 
that was probably because of 
William Dewitt Hyde, who, despite 
his already busy schedule as the pres- 
ident of a college — this job at the 
time included interviewing potential 
students, as well as entertaining 
crowds all over the state — still found 
time to lecture on philosophy and 
ethics. Sills would emulate his men- 
tor in the years of his own presiden- 
cy. For the time being he sat in awe, 
listening and pondering the questions 
which Hyde hammered out of his 
brilliant mind. Issues of the day were 
discussed with the conversations 
ranging beyond the classroom. As a 
master of his craft, Hyde inspired 
Sills and showed him how the magic 
of the classroom could really work. 

So inspired and so taught, Kenneth 
Sills graduated in 1901 summa cum 
laude. Hyde praised him not only as 
the first student in his class, but of 

Please see SILLS, page 5 

Karsten MatvSTBowdoin Orient 

Bowdoin's beautiful foliage could be greatly effected by the legislators 
inn the upcoming election on November 5th. 

cy. increase the use of renewable 
energy, and decrease the impact of 
transportation. Specific initiatives 
call for leadership from the college 
and university sectors and encourage 
energy efficient vehicle use in both 
state and regional fleets. In other 
words, the comprehensive plan 
would summon the New England 
region to commit to goals 
that would reduce our greenhouse 
gases to 1990 levels by 2010, targets 
developed in the Kyoto Protocol, the 
international global warming treaty. 

This November, we need strong 
leadership from the Northeast to 
mobilize the region towards real 
emissions reductions, and to set 
viable goals for other regions to fol- 

So before you go to the polls, ask 
your gubernatorial candidates what 
they will do if elected to minimize 
our greenhouse gases and fight cli- 
mate change? How will they achieve 
the goals developed in the Regional 

Climate Change Action Plan and 
make sure global warming is a prior- 
ity on our state house agendas? 

There is too much at stake for 
New England to ignore the issue of 
climate change. 

On November 5, Election Day, 
you will have the chance to elect 
your new governor who will have the 
opportunity to take the leadership 
role in reducing our greenhouse gas 
emissions and curbing the effects of 
climate change in New England. 

EnviroCitizen, a national non- 
profit dedicated to building the polit- 
ical power of young voters, is help- 
ing to turn students to the polls on 
election day in order to let politicians 
know climate change is an issue 
about which we care. 

For more information, please visit where you 
can send a postcard to the gubernato- 
rial candidates and urge them to 
implement the Regional Climate 
Change Action Plan. 

Di4 You 




Keisha Payson 


Did you know...that Bowdoin's electrical 
consumption per student has more than dou- 
_ - bled in the past twenty years. 

* v This is partially attributed to our need to upgrade 

ventilation systems and fume hoods to meet current building codes, as well 
as the expanded role of computer equipment in our lives. The rise in elec- 
tric consumption is also partially attributed to the expansion of electrical 
devices that students bring to their dorm rooms. 

While we don't want anyone to "go without'', we would like to see 
Bowdoin 's electric bill (2M+/-) steady out and begin to decline. How 
can you help? Please remember to buy energy efficient appliances and light 
bulbs (look for the Energy Star label) and also remember to shut things off 
when you aren't using them. One simple thing that we can all do to save 
energy (and money!) is to shut off our computers and printers when not in 

The average computer system (with CPU, monitor and printer) uses 200 
watts of electricity. If that system were left on 24/7, it would cost roughly 
$ 1 7.00 a month or $200 a year (at $0. 12/kWh). if that same system operat- 
ed only 40 hours per week it would cost $3.84 a month, or $46 a year - that's 
a savings of over $ 1 1 8 per academic year! Multiply that by the hundreds of 
people living on the Bowdoin campus and it adds up quickly! 

Coming up in November, Sustainable Bowdoin will be sponsoring 
Think about how much energy you can save by turning off you computer 
when you go to bed, turning off your stereo when you leave for. class, not 
plugging in your Christmas lights, and using compact fluorescent lights in 
your desk lamp! These are just a few tips toward energy saving. Start prac- 
ticing now so you can be in peak condition when it comes to the ENERGY 
SAVING COMPETITION- dorms will be competing for splendid prizes and 
campus praise — and dont forget to turn off the lights on your way out! 

More Questions? Contact Noah Long, nloag @bowdoiiudu or 
Keisha Payson, cpnyson^bowdouuedu 


The Bowdoin Orient 


October 25, 2002 

Life and times of Casey Sills, II 

SILLS, from page 4 

generations of other classes as well. 
Called on, by bis classmates, to give a 
parting speech. Sills thought for a 
moment and simply remarked: 

Today we are the lords of the cam-*' 
pus; tomorrow these very trees, those 
very hails will look down on us with 
gentle indifference. For the college 
belongs to the student body rather than 
to the trustees; to the undergraduates 
rather than to the alumni. 

Prom Bowdoin, Kenneth Sills went 
to Harvard, where he taught and con- 
tinued to take classes, trying to earn his 
Ph.D. In 1903, 
Hyde summoned his 
former student and 
invited him back to 
help teach a few 
courses at Bowdoin. 
Sills gladly accepted 
the opportunity to 
serve his college. 
Not long afterwards 
be was also invited 
to join Columbia University's staff. 
Accepting this invitation, Sills worked 
hard but also dedicated hours to his 
thesis, which dealt with Dante and his 
influence on English literature. This 
thesis. Sills would not get to complete. 
Offered a position as adjunct professor 
of Latin at Bowdoin, Sills was uncer- 
tain as to what he ought to do. It 
seemed as if be was juggling too many 
things at once as it was. Uncertain of 
his future and obviously worried about 
the progress of his Ph.D., Casey Sills 
consulted his friends and family about 
what to do. In the end, the gentle-faced 
scholar with the short-parted brown 
hair did what he thought was right, and 
on a late summer day in 1906 Kenneth 
Sills returned home to Bowdoin 

Perhaps taking the example of his 
college president and mentor, Kenneth 
Sills attempted to liven up the class- 
room. Knowing how daunting Latin 
must be to the average student, Sills 
attempted to use the skills he had 
picked up from various other profes- 
sors of his own undergraduate days. 
Sills also found his teaching job 
rewarding in one other way — it pre- 
sented him with some humorous 
moments. In a certain exam on 
Biblical characters administered to stu- 
dents. Sills received various responses; 
one identified Jacob's ladder as "one of 
the seven wonders of the world"; 
another wrote that "Herod was the 
Egyptian king who plunged the 
Hebrews into the fiery furnace from 
which they emerged unscathed," while 
yet another noted that Cain was none 
other than the son of Noah. As Casey 
Sills slowly developed the techniques 
that would one day make him a revered 
teacher, he was also given further 
responsibilities. Elected as die new 
secretary of the College, Sills did not 
particularly welcome die idea, as he 
believed it might interfere with bis aca- 
demic job. Despite his reservations, be 
was pursuaded to take on the new role. 
A part of die secretary's mandate-the 
"secretary" of the College actually 
functioned as more of a "dean" but 

Sills would not be given that official 
title until 1910 and besides, he disliked 
being called "Dean Sills"— was to take 
care of chapel attendance among the 
students and also to handle excuses 
from class and absences. The dean also 
'dealt with career planning for seniors, 
admitting new students and handling 
the complex issue of financial aid. 

While teaching remained Kenneth 
Sills' top priority, be was soon in need 
of help. The administration — President 
Hyde — hired for him the bright classics 
scholar of Princeton and Dartmouth 
fame, Paul Nixon. Tall, thin, balding, 
with sharp eyes and an easy manner, 

Today we are the lords of the campus; tomorrow 
these very trees, those very halls, will look down 
on us with gentle indifference. For the college 
belongs to the student body rather than to the 
trustees; to the undergraduates rather than to the 

Paul Nixon came to Bowdoin at the age 
of 27. For decades following his 
appointment he would remain Casey 
Sills' right hand man. Nixon would, 
during the Second World War, have the 
job that was now occupied by Sills — 
the office of the Dean. That office was 
officially created in 1910, and to go 
along with the title, Sills was invited to 
work hand in hand with President 
Hyde. They shared the same office on 
the first floor of Massachusetts Hall. 
Sills made his presence known, not 
only in the academic world, but also in 
other areas of the community. In his 
social life, Sills worked with the 
church, the American Red Cross and 
continued to be an ardent supporter of 
the Democratic Party. 

Between the classroom and his 
responsibilities as dean. Sills got even 
busier as the 20th century progressed 
into its second decade. The once ener- 
getic and upbeat Hyde was slowly los- 
ing his health. The result of this was 
that Kenneth Sills received more to do. 
But the young scholar, who was gain- 
ing prestige and reputation as an 
administrator and a scholar shouldered 
it well. Dean Casey even found time to 
run for the United States Senate on the 
Democratic ballot. This attempt, bow- 
ever, ended in failure. Whether or not 
he had any misgivings about bis foray 
into politics, Casey Sills returned to his 
job at Bowdoin. 

That job, however, had gotten 
increasingly complex as war in Europe 
threatened to reach across the Atlantic 
and take Americans by storm. The 
challenges and the lessons that 
Kenneth Sills learned from that first 
world catastrophe would serve him 
well when the guns flared again in the 
1940s. More and more, William 
DeWitt Hyde became unable to per- 
form his normal functions. Sills found 
himself stepping in and even presided 
over an especially bleak and dark com- 
mencement in 1917. As he watched bis 
students and friends march off to 
trenches and bullets in Europe, Sills 
was struck by the death of his mentor at 
home. On June 29, 1917, after a long 

life of serving and rejuvenating 
Bowdoin College, William DeWitt 
Hyde passed away. 

Before Hyde passed away, Sills had 
been named as the acting president of 
the College by the Trustees and 
Overseers. This promotion must have 
seemed petty and inconsequential to 
the man who mourned the loss of his 
friend and mentor. Sills would contin- 
ue Hyde's policies and honor his mem- 
ory until his own dying day. But Casey 
found that his new title was just that. 
He was still doing the things he had 
been doing for years under Hyde's 
guiding hand. He had been groomed 
for this job and many 
of bis colleagues 
knew it. As part of 
his official responsi- 
bilities now, Sills 
presided over com- 
mencement. In 
1918, with the Great 
War still unfinished 
and with dozens of 
Bowdoin men in the 
ranks of the newly formed American 
armies under "Black Jack" Pershing, 
Sills reminded the remaining gradu- 

It is with unusual tenderness that the 
College this year dismisses you with 
her blessing. The small group present 
here today represents the seven times 
larger number that entered four years 
ago; and in your number there is 
already one who has rendered the ulti- 
mate sacrifice, and there may be many 
more. But no man need act through the 
drama of life to win approval; it is only 
necessary that he play well the lines to 
»him assigned. The war has changed 
our ideas of life and is fast ridding us of 
our fear of death. Wherever you go 
amid the changes and chances of this 
mortal life, may you not forget some of 
the lessons which from your Christian 
education here has taught. May you 
fight in war and in peace for the forces 
of righteousness and justice. As 
employer or as workman may you keep 
faith with others; and whenever your 
influence may avail for a liberal cause, 
may you always co-operate, never 
obstruct. Keep yourselves clear of 
prejudice and of cant. Realize that it is 
a new world into which we are all 
marching. Keep burning brightly on 
the hearths of your homes and your 
hearts an abiding faith in Christian 
democracy. And so may you serve, 
until your latest breath, your college, 
your country and your God. 

The Great War, however, did not last 
much longer. Within months Germany 
surrendered and peace returned. For 
Kenneth Sills, the clock belonging to 
William DeWitt Hyde did not stop tick- 
ing. It continued and as the years went 
by and as the students came and went 
amidst the problems of the era, bom 
foreign and domestic, there came upon 
the Bowdoin College campus a sense 
of calm, efficiency, and routine. 
Kenneth Charles Morton Sills was the 
president and that was one of the rea- 
sons that Bowdoin College was so spe- 

To Be Continued... 

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Safer sex and abstinence 
Ask Dr. Jeff 

Jeff Benson, M.D. 

Dudley Coe Health Center 

Dear Dr. Jeff: "I keep coming across information that "safer sex" isn't nearly safe 
enough. The argument seems to be that condoms do not adequately protect against 
STD's. especially HPV, and that the only "Safe Sex" is "NO SEX". What do you 
think?' P.S. 

Dear P.S.: I've seen some of that information, sometimes put out by medical 
authorities, and always promoting abstinence as the only safe option. For many, 
abstinence may in fact be a good choice. For many others, however, the issues may 
not seem so black-and-white. 

Health educators suggest we think through the risks of sex and safer sex like we 
do other risks in life, such as driving a car. Some of us choose not to drive for fear 
of getting hurt in an accident. Most people seem willing to accept some level of 
risk, and try to find ways to reduce it. They wear seat belts, maintain their cars, 
drive defensively, and avoid driving after drinking, or in bad weather. 

People have safer sex to protect themselves and their partners from STDs and 
from unplanned pregnancies. They understand that sex is more enjoyable if they are 
not afraid. Safer sex is about what they do, or don't do, and not about who they are. 
It is about figuring out their own "risk limits," and then avoiding sexual activities 
that fall outside of them. 

Safer sex practices require self-reflection, a great deal of communication 
between partners, and some familiarity with the "tools of the trade," especially con- 

A 1996 consensus panel at the National Institutes of Health reviewed studies on 
Human Papilloma Virus, cervical cancer, and condoms. This panel reported con- 
troversy over the scientifically-proven protective efficacy of condoms against HPV. 
"Abstinence Only" campaigns have focused in on this one small part of the NIH 
report, and use it to instill fear and to further their own political agenda. 

The Heritage Foundation, for instance, always refers to HPV as "the deadly 
HPV," even though more than 99 percent of people who contract the virus never die 
from it Representative Billy Tauzin — Republican representative for Lousiana and 
Chair of the House Commerce and Energy Committee — has been pushing for leg 
islative action that would require condom packages to carry a warning label about 
not being protective against HPV, "the cause of nearly all cervical cancer." 

Human Papilloma Virus is by far the most prevalent of the sexually transmitted 
infections. The numbers involved are truly staggering. It is estimated that 75 per- 
cent of sexually active people contract HPV at one time or another, and that at any 
given point in time, 20 million Americans have genital HPV infections that can be 
transmitted to others. 

Every year, over S.S million people become infected. Very fortunately, however, 
the majority of HPV infections are overcome by our immune systems and resolve 
without further complications. Two of the over 30 sexually transmissible strains of 
the virus, though, cause cellular changes which can lead to cancer. In particular, cer- 
vical cancer is virtually always associated with untreated HPV Type 16 or Type 18 

Cancer of the cervix is one of the most common malignancies in women, 
accounting for nearly 16.000 new cases and almost 3,000 deaths in the U.S. each 
year. It is also one of the most treatable and preventable cancers. Microinvasive car- 
cinoma of die cervix is nearly al way curable surgically. More importantly, it has a 
long preclinical phase which permits early detection. In fact, regular screening Pap 
smears very effectively pick up early, precancerous changes, and treatment at these 
early stages is curative. More than half of women newly diagnosed with invasive 
cervical cancer have never had a Pap smear, and another 10 percent have not had 
one in the previous five years. Cervical cancer may indeed be an HPV-related 
"STD", but it is more importantly a disease of medical neglect. 

Now, back to condoms! Because HPV can infect genital areas not covered by 
condoms, condoms provide incomplete protection against the spread of HPV. This 
is the crux of the "No such thing as safer sex" argument: "HPV is rampant, cannot 
be fully prevented by condom use, and by causing cervical cancer, kills thousands 
of women each year." The suggested solution? Abstinence, followed by lifelong, 
mutually monogamous marriage. 

Obviously this argument oversimplifies and distorts many of the critical ele- 
ments of the problem mentioned above. It is also important to note that, according 
to this same NIH report, condoms do in fact offer not just some, but some VERY 
worthwhile protection against HPV, particularly against cervical infection. Even 
more importantly, condoms offer VERY effective protection against the spread of 
HIV, an STD that has claimed almost 500,000 American lives over the past 20 
years, and which threatens to kill untold tens of millions more around the world. 
Condoms also offer VERY effective protection against chlamydia, an STD that 
infects over 3 million people in this country each year. Condoms, finally, also offer 
reasonably effective protection (about 85 percent) against unwanted pregnancies. 
From a public health standpoint, it seems to me simply criminal to discourage con- 
dom use. 

Total abstinence would presumably offer nearly 100 percent protection against 
STDs and unplanned pregnancies. And for some people, abstinence remains the 
best choice. For others, however, it is not. And those individuals need useful, sci- 
entific information to make their own best choices. Take a look at the Health Center 
webpage. Talk to someone at the Health Center, the Counseling Center, or the 
Women's Resource Center. Talk to members of the Bowdoin Gay/Straight Alliance 
or HIV/AIDS Peer Educators. Check out,,,, or And to be 
fair, take a look at, and 

Think hard for yourselves, and take good care of yourselves — and each other! 

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Dudley Coe Health Center 

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October 25, 2002 


The Bowdoin Orient 


We are no longer indifferent 

Many people may have noticed the newly erected mausoleum on 
the quad. Dedicated to the former grading system, it is more impor- 
tantly an example of the expression of Bowdoin students. Two years 
ago there was a high level of criticism against the perceived indif- 
ference of the campus hody. This can no longer be claimed. 

Over the past three semesters, students have frequently expressed 
their opinions on local, national, and global issues. The mausoleum 
is the latest manifestation of an ongoing protest against the new 
grading system. Last year, a forum discussing the change was insti- 
tuted to give a voice to those that opposed a departure from the five- 
point standard. Students also wore buttons and ribbons to visually 
show their position. 

Criticism of American foreign policy has been especially high- 
lighted on crosswalks and in the Smith Union. The White House 
comment line has been provided (M-F. 9-5. 202-456-1111) so that 
you can "Let George know what you think." W. has also been called 
out consistently in regards to the drive for an attack on Iraq. Bob 
Dylan's words have been seen chalked colorfully on campus black- 
top and pavement. 

Alongside the frequent displays of opinion On public spaces are 
the (re)establishment of three new publications. 

Started in the 1980s before folding, The Patriot has been resumed 
and remains dedicated to espousing conservative views. Giving 
voice to the large left is disorient; basing its name on the nation's 
oldest continuously published paper, the double-sided publication 
deals with issues outside the Bowdoin bubble. According to its staff 
box, "there is no control over the content of the writings contained 
herein... by the college of its cute little administrators." 

Falling between the politically and socially minded Patriot and 
disorient is the eight-month-old Ritalin magazine. Having printed 
two issues this year, it is, "a reaction against self-righteousness." 
From criticism of the Bowdoin social scene to personal in-depth 
pieces, ritalin offers readers a diverse body of work. 

The importance of free dialogue across a variety of mediums 
should not be overlooked. While an in-class education is central to 
liberal arts education, a manifestation of opinions in discussion is 
vital to the growth of diverse awareness. The more angles of expres- 
sion that are taken will infinitely increase the dynamic of social and 
individual thought. 

The Bowdoin Orient 

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Greg T. Spielberg 

Managing Editor 

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joanie Taylor 

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Give us back our grading system 

To the Editors: 

It took a few years, but I final- 
ly discovered why I liked 
Bowdoin so much. For a school 
that has earned itself a fantastic 
academic reputation, pretension 
simply has not infiltrated our 

Without a doubt, every student 
here is intelligent and academi- 
cally successful, yet talking to 
other students, I don't often get 
the feeling that they have dedi- 
cated their lives to reading and 

We make time for friends and 
activities and we don't worry 
about scowling eyes judging us 
based on however high or low we 
set our academic bar. It's easy 
and it's fun to be smart on your 
own terms. 

But now, when people ask 
what's so great about Bowdoin, I 
don't know what to say. 

I don't like raising my hand 
and repeating uninteresting facts 
to prove that I've done my read- 

ing. I don't like putting my hand 
down because I know my profes- 
sor won't agree with my point of 
view. I have no interest in scrap- 
ping for extra points in class, or 
forgetting my friends, or forget- 
ting my life for the sake of see- 
ing a "+" in the mail in January. 
I don't care if my 89 is indistin- 
guishable from Frank's 80 or 
Louise's 85. I would rather 
spend time with Frank on 
Wednesday night at my house 
than look for him in the library 
among the abyss of other souls in 
the ECR. 

I'd rather take Louise to 
Portland for dinner than have her 
speed by me on the quad, hurry- 
ing to meet with Professor 
Whitherspoon to "just prove she 
cares." There is no doubt in my 
mind that this new system has 
affected the essence of Bowdoin 
College, and reading last week's 
editorial, I realized just how lit- 
tle the Faculty care. 

Let's understand something; 
college is for us — the students — 

to use as we please. Last spring, 
an overwhelming majority of the 
student body screamed into the 
deaf ears of the college adminis- 
tration. Somehow, we were out- 
voted by 45 professors who 
hoped to dictate our level of 

Maybe I'll start telling people 
that about Bowdoin. I'll say that 
if I'd wanted a plus/minus sys- 
tem, I would have gone to a 
school that had a plus/minus sys- 
tem. Perhaps I'll subtly imply 
that others, whether they be stu- 
dents or professors, take the 
same advice; if they want a 
plus/minus grading system, they 
ought to go somewhere where 
their opinions will be respected,, 
rather than imposed in a totali- 
tarian — or at least high school — 

The grading system is ours. 
Give it back. 


Eric Abrams '03 

Too much ado about grading 

To the Editors: 

These are sad days at Bowdoin 
College. This week, as I walked 
by what appeared to be a mau- 
soleum constructed of plywood, I 
mourned the death of the glori- 
ous era where grading at 
Bowdoin was free of the insidi- 
ous pluses and minuses the facul- 
ty voted to implement at the end 
of last semester. 

In the days when we were not 
plagued by the tyrannical 
plus/minus system, Bowdoin was 
a kinder, gentler place, where 
having an 80 was just as good as 
having an 89, and writing a fif- 
teen page research paper only 
took me ten hours as opposed" to 
the twenty I must spend this 

If pluses and minuses had real- 
ly turned students into grade- 
obsessed saboteurs of their fel- 
low classmates, I might share 
some of the outrage expressed in 

numerous and redundant editori- 
als appearing in the Orient and 
on campus. However, I have not 
seen anyone "lining up to get an 
extra edge," and I'm tired of 
hearing the same complaints 
before anyone has even received 
a transcript with pluses and 
minuses on it. 

I am not in favor of the new 
system, yet it disturbs me that in 
a time of impending war and 
extremely close and important 
political races, the most notable, 
or at least visible student 
activism on our campus concerns 

The number of editorials and 
demonstrations regarding 

plus/minus tells me that our pri- 
orities as a student body warrant 
more scrutiny than does the new 
grading system. 

The latest editorial in The 
Orient reads, "the decision to 
change the grading system with- 
out waiting for at least the Class 

of '03 to graduate is evidence of 
a self-interested choice." I am 
curious as to how one can accuse 
the Faculty of acting in self- 
interest while perceiving a deci- 
mal change in their GPA as a 
huge injustice. 

Perhaps all of this stems from 
(dare I say) too much self-esteem 
among Bowdoin's student body. I 
fear that at Bowdoin, our pursuit 
of success and appetite for praise 
has dulled our sense of duty to 
the common good, the one that 
extends beyond grades. The ulti- 
mate power to shape the atmos- 
phere at Bowdoin lies in its stu- 
dents, not its grading system. I 
would urge the critics of the 
plus/minus system to reconsider 
the atmosphere they are striving 
to create and the means by which 
they hope to create it. 


David Aron '05 

Faculty's call on grading unfair 

To the Editors: 

I agree with last week's edito- 
rial concerning the change in 
grading system. What is most 
discouraging to me is not that the 
system has changed, but that fac- 
ulty seemed to give so little con- 
sideration to student opinion on 
an issue that affects students 
more than anyone else. Some 
faculty members claimed that too 
small a percentage of students 
voted in the internet poll for it to 
be taken seriously. 

It is ironic that an even smaller 
percentage of faculty voted in the 
first meeting on the issue. It is 
claimed that the new system will 
involve improved accuracy. 
However, grades are neccessarily 

subjective, and it is simply not 
possible to accurately distinguish 
student ability as precisely as 
this system implies. The Faculty 
has also said that the system will 
encourage students to work hard- 
er because they will not be able 
to slack off, working just hard 
enough to secure a B. 

While some students did take 
that approach to academics in the 
past, most Bowdoin students are 
obviously driven and motivated 
and have achieved academic 
excellence in the past. 

There is no reason to assume 
that we need a stringent grading 
system to motivate us, but it is 
quite possible that such a system 
will increase stress and competi- 
tion, thus detracting from 

Bowdoin's academic atmos- 
phere. Students invest a lot of 
time, energy, and money in this 
place we call home for four 
years. (I am not implying that 
faculty don't invest time and 
energy in Bowdoin College — 
they do). 

It was inconsiderate and 
oiosed-minded of the Faculty to 
make such a decision without 
extensive consultation with the 
student body. I hope that in the 
future, issues will be discussed in 
a more open manner that fosters 
exchange and considerations of 
various points of view. 


Lauren Pappone '03 


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The Bowdoin Orient 


October 25, 2002 

Fearing the sniper 

Todd Buell 


Washington, D.C. is a tense city. 
Over the last three weeks, a sniper 
has killed ten people and wounded 
three in a murderous rampage. 
Reading the major D.C. newspapers, 
The Washington Post and The 
Washington Tunes, helps one grasp 
the impact the sniper has had on the 

High schools have postponed or 
relocated many football games and 
other athletic activities. Many com- 
munities have cancelled public festi- 
vals and outdoor events. The State of 
Maryland has postponed its hunting 
season. Judging from the way the 
metropolitan population altered its 
daily life, the sniper has reason to 
believe what he wrote on a Tarot card 
following one of his early attacks: 
"Dear policeman, I am God." 
Yet this mass reaction is not rational 
when one looks at statistics. 

Despite the flurry of murders in 
recent weeks, a recent Washington 
Times article shows that one's 
chances of being a victim of the 
sniper are remarkably low. 
According to National Safety 
Council statistics, one has a one in 
465,000 chance of being killed by the 
sniper. One has a far greater chance 
of perishing as a result of an auto 
accident. The council reports that 
100 people die daily in the United 
States from road accidents, and that 
one's odds of dying in that fashion 
are one in S.887. 

This means that roughly 2,000 
people have died from auto accidents 
during the three weeks that the sniper 
has terrorized the D.C area. If one 
divides the 2,000 deaths by the num- 
ber of states plus D.C. (51), one gets 
about 40 traffic deaths per state over 
the last three weeks. That is four 
times the number of sniper victims. 

These statistics beg the question: 
why does our society obsess over a 
sniper, but complacently accept 
deaths in traffic as an inevitable con- 
sequence of life? 

One answer lies in how we under- 
stand ourselves philosophically. The 
late contemporary philosopher Leo 
Strauss argues in his book What is 
Political Philosophy? that one of the 
fundamental tenets of modem philos- 
ophy is the idea of "conquering 
chance." Strauss was referring to the 
Italian philosopher Machiavelli who 
devised aggressive and morally dubi- 
ous means in his seminal work The 
Prince to help a prince acquire or 
maintain his power. 

Strauss knew of course that he 
was not only describing Machiavelli, 
but also indicting the way contempo- 
rary society views our condition. We 
attempt to conquer chance in innu- 
merable ways. Everything from the 
daily weather report to human 

cloning is a manifestation of the prin- 
ciple that humans can not only fully 
understand seemingly random 
events, but also that we can conquer 
them and use them for our own 

We, as a society, have become 
beholden to the principle that we can 
overcome all of the contingencies 
and chance that intersperse our exis- 
tence. This helps to explain why we 
so easily ignore preventable deaths in 
auto accidents. We attempt to 
reassert our control over the situation 
when we think about these scenarios. 
How often have we all uttered state- 
ments such as "I am a good driver; I 
won't get into an accident." 

Cars at least theoretically present 
us with a way to avoid the risk: one 
can hopefully drive safe cars, obey 
the speed limit, live in rural areas 
(like Maine), or take public transit in 
a city. The sniper, on the other hand, 
has shown that he is willing to kill 
anyone, of any profession, at any 
time. As George Gray, the acting 
director of Harvard's Center for Risk 
Analysis explains, "in this case, it's 
hard to think of one thing you could 
do to avoid risk." 

The dearth of escape roots around 
the sniper is the root of our fear of 
him. He removes us from our protec- 
tive shell of airbags, seatbelts, exer- 
cise, fat-free cream cheese, and all of 
our other scientific risk buffers that 
we use to control the most inevitable 
chance: death. 

The sniper scares us because he 
violently reminds us that there are 
certain things in the world that we 
cannot control. More precisely, he 
shows us that we cannot control any- 
thing perfectly; even in our most 
advanced and modern society, some 
things are always left to chance and 
no advancement of science or police 
protection can ever change that fact 
of life. 

The "Bumper Sticker" Debaters 




Cliches are tired, trite, generally 
miss the point, and deserve to be 
mocked, especially when used as 
substitutes for a real argument. To 
some degree, all ideologies use slo- 
gans, or cliches, to make a point, but 
peacenik cliches are notorious — per- 
haps because they are more famous 
and used more often. Regardless, it 
is a shame. 

. "Make Love Not War," "Violence 
Doesn't Solve Anything," and 
"Global Justice" are cute and simple 
and are easy to chalk on pavement, 
but they are no more an 
argument than "I Want Steak 
For Dinner." 

Arguments require sub- 
stance and should be used to 
make others question their 
beliefs. None of the afore- 
mentioned statements do, at 
least to anyone who has thought 
about an issue for longer than it takes 
to tie their shoes. No doubt, when 
plastered around campus, these state- 
ments are usually intended just to 
raise awareness, but even this is a 
failure; without more to back them 
up, people are bound to ignore them, 
or merely echo them, without an 
understanding of what they mean. 

When used as an argument, such 
cliches represent intellectually lazy 
people letting prefabricated phrases 
do their thinking for them. It really is 
a shame, because most people I see 
who do this are quite smart — 
Bowdoin caliber, after all. They 
could probably offer a post-modem 
deconstruction on anything from 
Hegel to a Dominos take-out menu, 
but they rely on statements with all 
the depth and originality of "Yankees 

Suck" to make their arguments for 
them so often that they cannot be 
taken seriously. 

The "Does Might Makes Right?" 
argument is a perfect example of a 
dieted phrase intended to substitute 
for clear thought. 

"Does Might Makes Right?" usu- 
ally shows up shortly after a state- 
ment along the lines of "The United 
States can and should prevent 
Saddam Hussein from developing 
nuclear weapons, even if it requires 
us to go it alone." 

"So. we can impose our will on 
Iraq because might makes right?" 

The "Does Might Makes Right?" 
question is intended as a rhetorical 
device to essentially end the conver- 
sation. It is one of many debater's 

When used as an argument, such 
cliches represent intellectually lazy 
people letting prefabricated phras- 
es do their thinking for them. 

tricks used to confuse and confound, 
and ultimately to change the subject. 
When confronted with such a state- 
ment, one is expected to stutter and 
grasp at thoughts for a minute before 
stumbling back to the conclusion that 
no. might does not make right, 
but... what was I saying? 

The observant reader will note the 
subtle switch in the debate, of which 
sometimes the initiator is even 
unaware. The debate has moved 
from the relative threat of Iraq or the - 
morality of unilateralism to whether 
might, in fact, makes right. This is 
an entirely different topic. 

Fortunately, there is an easy 
answer to anyone who uses this 
approach; No, might does not neces- 
sarily make right, but we are lucky 
that in this case might is on the side 
of right. 

Consider if the United States dis- 
mantled its entire military and was 
even less mighty than Superman in a 
Kryptonite prison cell. Would this in 
any way change the morality of 
allowing Saddam Hussein to bully. 
blackmail, and murder his way to 
greater power with the backing of a 
nuclear arsenal? No, the only thing 
that would change would be our abil- 
ity to put a stop to it. 

In fact, one could make the oppo- 
site argument, that right makes 
might. Perhaps America is the 
mightiest nation in the world by 
sheer happenstance, but perhaps it is 
because our policies, institutions and 
politics are better than anyone else's. 
That is not to say perfect, just better. 
Is it so hard to believe that a coun- 
try which values academic 
freedom, freedom to engage 
in the market and to live in 
the manner of one's own 
choosing would have a 
stronger economy, civil soci- 
ety, and therefore, a greater 
influence on the world? And 
not just in terms of greater military 
influence, but a greater cultural influ- 
ence as well? 

There are interesting questions 
that can be raised if one takes a criti- 
cal eye to cliches. Are there times 
when it is better to make war than 
love? Might war be the least bad 
solution to a problem? / Might trying 
to love our enemy get us killed? 
Does violence really never solve 
anything? Did a willingness to use 
violence not save Jackie Chan's butt 
countless times? 

People can disagree on what kind 
of threat Iraq poses, or whether the 
U.S. needs the United Nations 
approval for an attack, but both sides 
need to present real arguments for 
their case, not something they 
cribbed off the bumper sticker of a 
'91 Honda Civic. 

Sniper case reveals need for gun control 




Each victim of the D.C. sniper will 
be one of over ten thousand 
Americans murdered this year with 

Tragedies like Columbine and the 
recent sniper attacks are even harder 
to bear when we consider that these 
deaths might have been preventable. 
Why are so many killed in America, 
whereas in Great Britain less than 
one hundred firearm deaths occur per 
year? . 

Great Britain has effective gun 
control. We do not. 

It is hard to understand why the 
pro-gun lobby continually opposes 
opportunities to save lives by enact- 

ing further controls on the use of 
firearms. Such was the case last 
week when the Bush administration 
indicated its reluctance to support 
proposals that would mandate 
nationwide ballistic fingerprinting. 

Ballistic fingerprinting is the 
process of recording the unique 
markings each firearm leaves on a 
bullet or shell casing. 

This information can then be 
entered into a national database each 
time a gun is sold, linking those 
markings to the person who pur- 
chased the gun and where the gun 
was purchased. 

This type of system actually exists 
now. It is used sporadically, yet suc- 
cessfully. The Bureau of Alcohol, 
Tobacco, and Firearms has con- 
finned that the database, still in lim- 
ited use, has helped solve "numer- 
ous" crimes. 

Certainly a shift to a national sys- 

tem would be an even greater asset to 
law enforcement. It could help track 
down serial killers. 

If such a nationwide system was 
currently in place, police would be 
able to link the D.C. sniper's shell 
casings to the original buyer of the 

The database would work as a 
deterrent for would-be murders who 
might think twice before firing a shot 
that could be traced back to their gun. 

Gun advocates argue that ballistic 
fingerprinting infringes on a gun 
owner's personal freedom. 

However, if car registration is not 
a problem, why should firearm regis- 
tration be? 

Cars, like guns, can be used to 
commit and facilitate crime. 
Therefore, they should both be regu- 
lated. Law-abiding gun owners 
should have nothing to hide. 

The system is not perfect. Sure it 

would have its flaws, but what could 
possibly be more flawed than our 
current system that stops short of 
preventing massive numbers of 

Ballistic fingerprinting has been 
proven both in study and in practice. 
We need to enact a fingerprinting 
database as a first step towards 
reducing gun deaths in America. 

The Bush administration eventual- 
ly backed off slightly. With the same 
"needs more study" cop out used to 
avoid a position on global warming; 
Bush neatly tucked the issue away. 
He knows that the strength of the 
National Rifle Association will pre- 
vent Congress from passing gun con- 
trol legislation without his support. 

Ten thousand gun murders a year 
and a serial sniper. 

What else needs to happen before 
common sense can prevail? I hope 
not another firearm disaster. 


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October 25, 2002 


The Bowdoin Orient 

Halloween, make-believe, and the masks we wear 


Lara Jacobs 


Apple bobbing with Dracula teeth, 
four foot tall pirates and princesses 
skipping across lawns of crunchy 
leaves, a cat's tail peeking out from 
underneath a winter coat, blood, 
gore. M&Ms, and mini Milky Ways, 
all culminate in the infamous 'Trick 
or Treat." 

Halloween has 

always been my 
favorite holiday, 

because it never lets 
you down. What you 
expect— candy, dress- 
ing up. pumpkin carving — is what 
you get. no complications. My fami- 
ly spent every Halloween up in 
Beaver Creek. Colorado, and each 
year I went through months of analy- 
sis before selecting the perfect cos- 

In September I planned on a bunch 
of grapes, purple balloons attached to 
my body; but by early October, they 
had metamorphosed into the Little 
Mermaid, who in turn evolved into a 

last minute Eskimo, due to a sharp 
temperature drop and unexpected 
snowstorm October 30. 

Speaking of weather, it never fails 
that the more scantily clad you are — 
the fourth grade red flapper dress 
comes to mind — the greater the 
chances for unexpected snow, hail, or 
ice storms. Who can forget the year I 
bounced down the hotel's icy steps, 
seriously denting the corner of my 
human Christmas present ensemble? 

Nonetheless, my Halloween expe- 
rience went beyond dressing up. 

Halloween has always been my favorite holi- 
day, because it never lets you down. What 
you expect — candy, dressing up, pumpkin 
carving — is what you get, no complications. 

Carving pumpkins, my masterpiece 
being a very orange and very lop- 
sided Marilyn Monroe, was a must, 
as well as transforming cookie dough 
into orange- frosted pumpkins, black 
bats with licorice antennas, and green 
Frankensteins with red-hot eyes and 
chocolate sprinkle hair. 

However, my favorite part of 
October 31 came after the carving 
contests, cookie eating, chocolate 
gorging and candy counting were 

completed. Just when it seemed the 
festivities were over, as the tempera- 
ture dropped and the stars came out, 
we huddled on wooden logs around a 
giant bonfire — wicked witch 
squeezed between Dorothy and 
Batman — roasting marshmallows 
and anticipating the ghost story. 

Although it was the same story 
every year, we still gasped in mock 
horror each time the "phantom" 
appeared at the dark window of the 
fifth floor of the hotel. 
We screamed in pretend fright as 
he descended the side 
of the building, know- 
ing full well that he 
would end up being 
friendly just like last 
year, and the five 
years before that — a 
ritual we had come to expect almost 
as much as the trick or treating itself. 
Waking up November I, the rich 
smoky smell of the fire still lingered 
on our Snow White dresses and Ninja 
Turtle jumpsuits, a tangible memory 
of an entire day of make-believe and 
of suspended reality. 

Our costumes, draped over a chair, 
reflected not only who we wished we 
were — Spiderman, Alice in 
Wonderland, or Harry Potter — but 

parts of ourselves at that moment. 
Over the years, my costumes evolved 
from the Disney characters and 
princesses, to the scary vampires and 
ghosts, to the classic flapper or black 
cat. ' 

For one night we could be anyone 
or anything — all inhibitions vanish- 
ing as we put on our face paint and 

Whether or not we don Dracula 
teeth or a tiara this Halloween, on 
October 3 1 , as with every other day 
of the year, we automatically put on 

masks when get out of bed each 
morning. Depending on which cos- 
tume we pull out of the closet, we 
decide which persona to enact— con- 
fident, contemplative, athletic, or 
dramatic. No longer a princess or a 
pirate — our costume choices are sub- 
tler and less clearly defined. 

Ultimately, however, the face we 
show to the world depends on which 
mask we assume. Perhaps 
Halloween, and the costumes of 
childhood, are not quite so removed 
from our daily lives after all. 

Sometimes we require silence 





I received an e-mail the night I left 
for break from a friend, wishing me a 
good extended weekend. He also 
kindly told me. "For God's sake, 
please put down the books, think out- 
side the box." 

And I laughed, not only because I 
had so much reading to do — there 
was no way I could have put down 
the books — but because people are 
always telling me that I should not be 
so diligent. 

When I was driving back to cam- 
pus on Monday night, I realized why 
I have come to value "the books" so 
much. They require silence. 

I was stuck in traffic for three 
hours, driving back here, and the 
whole time I sat in the car. I watched 
the people on all sides of me get frus- 
trated and angry at the lines and 
miles of unmoving cars. 

But I enjoyed sitting there. 

because it was quiet and still, uncom- 
plicated. In fact, I enjoyed the seven- 
plus hour drive back here more than 
anything I did during the weekend. I 
had to read. 

My parents had guests. I had to 
leave to find a quiet place. I went to 
my sister's house. She had guests. I 
finally read in my niece's room, 
behind a closed door, but I could still 
hear the voices. 

And I couldn't wait to return to 
campus, because every time I am 
back with my family, it's noisy and 
hectic and complicated. Especially 
when I'm only with them for a few 
days, the only quiet time happens 
when everyone is sleeping. 

My father used to say that I was 
anti-social. Now, my roommate 
makes the same claim, and we laugh 
about it, because it's not entirely true, 
but it's also not entirely untrue. 

I need significant amounts of time 
that are anti-social, not because I dis- 
like people, but because I need 

It is difficult to explain that I enjoy 
reading and studying because they 

are "acceptable" quiet times, and 
they create a relationship with texts, 
concepts and ideas through silence. 
And that relationship, that silence 
nurtures. It comforts. It sustains. 

But, we forget the value of silence, 
because we are perpetually breaking 
it. When we drive, we turn on the 
radio. When we return to our rooms 
at night, we turn on the TV. When we 
don't have anything specific to do, 
we pick up the phone. We actively 
break silence, because we're afraid 
of it, afraid that it might question the 
value of all the noise with which we 
surround ourselves, afraid that it 
might teach us that we are not satis- 
fied with that noise. 

Often, I find myself trying to justi- 
fy the need for silence when it needs 
no justification at all. Maybe instead 
of working so hard to be social 
beings, which we are, we should give 
a shot at leaving some room for anti- 
social time, for silence, because 
silence is not gold. 

Silence is universe, and it embod- 
ies the essence of what it means for 
us to be alive. 


Giving up Thursday nights 

To the Bowdoin Community: 

I thought it was part of the 
dream I was having when I heard a 
light tapping on the back door of 
my apartment last Friday morning. 
With a quick glance at my alarm 
clock and half opened eyes, I read 
7:03 a.m., and since J had only 
been sleeping for about three 
hours, I wasn't too pumped to be 
woken up. 

Assuming one of the Brunswick 
apartment residents had been 
locked out and needed my resident 
assistant key, I bounced out of bed 
and ran to get the door. 

I did find a locked out resident 
waiting at my door, but it was my 
own roommate Kitty, just now 
arriving home after a long night at 
the Orient. 

She and many other good 
friends of mine have been devoted 
to the Orient since our freshmen 
year. They are not present at the 
long meals in the dining hall 
Thursday nights, they weren't 
there to watch the season premiere 
of "Friends," they are not part of a 
bowling team, and they have never 
been regular attendants of pub 
night or other "Thursday activi- 

Orient staff members are rarely 
home before 1 a.m. on Thursday 
nights, even during the weeks that 
I am out past 2 or 3 a.m.. 

They give up their entire 
night — from dinner until the wee 
hours of Friday morning — to 
ensure that the Orient is out by 

lunchtime the next day. 

Despite their modest paychecks 
and (so I've heard) impressive 
stock of snacks and pizza, the 
staffers work these long Thursday 
nights without much compensa- 
tion. Much of the editorial staff 
rounds up writers and story topics 
all week long on top of their 
Thursday sacrifice. 

While the Orient staff members 
are compiling the next edition and 
stepping around excessive story 
jumps and cluttered PSAs (terms I 
have learned from living with an 
editor), many of us are out having 
an otherwise normal, fun Thursday 

I'd like to take this opportunity 
to remind everyone that the Orient 
doesn't just magically appear in 
the bins in the Union or on the din- 
ing hall counter each Friday as you 
stroll into lunch. 

So thanks, guys, for all you do; 
waking up at 7 a.m. on a Friday 
morning made me realize how 
hard you work and how that com- 
mitment sometimes goes unappre- 

I can't imagine that many other 
Bowdoin students would volunteer 
for your job, so props to the Orient 
staff for keeping the oldest contin- 
uously published college weekly 
in the nation available for readers, 
week after week. 

We appreciate it. 


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The Bowdoin Orient 


October 25, 2002 

Uncovering the Complex Covers Controversy 




Britney Spears' s cover of the 
Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction" is the 
worst cover I have ever heard in my 
life... .Why she thought she could 
make a cover of one of the anthems 
of rock and roll is beyond me, hut 
someone should have clued her in. 

I once read somewhere that four 
out of five people fear change in 
some form or another. That said, one 
would not assume that the complex 
art form that is the cover song would 
have much audience approval, since 
a cover song is a remake of the orig- 

Despite this statistic, covers have 
managed to become an integral part 
of the 
not to 
songs has 
a huge 
boost to 

all those bars with house bands that 
don't have an original song on their 
set list. 

First off, I should expand on these 
bands that lack original material. 
They don't just live in the bars any- 
more. Me First and the Gimmie 
Gimmies have based their entire 
punky output on covers from Dylan 
to show tunes. They seem to be well 
loved in their domain, but they can 
get old pretty quickly in my opinion. 
Nonetheless, there is something 
shockingly pleasing about fusing 
Barry Manilow and fast punk. 

Making a cover unique is one of 
the keys to its musical (but not nec- 
essarily its commercial) success. The 
Flying Lizards do a demented cover 

of James Brown's "Sex Machine." 
The fact that it adapts the soul 
daddy's energetic vocals into a dull 
monotonous hum makes it stand on 
its own. 

It's sort of like the Backstreet 
Boys in that listening to it more than 
once makes you want to throw your 
stereo out the window, but its experi- 
mental nature makes it worth check- 
ing out. 

Covers are interesting pieces of 
musical history because not only do 
they allow different artists to experi- 
ment with songs, but a familiar song 
in one genre of music can be com- 
p 1 e t e 1 y 
in another. "I 
Shot the 
Sheriff" can 
be found in 
both the reg- 
gae and rock 
sections, of 
your favorite 
CD shop. 
Mar ley 's original is one of the reggae 
god's most well-known songs, yet it 
leads a second (and not so special) 
life as a greatest hit on The Cream of 
Eric Clapton as well. 

In my musical snobbery days, I 
found it strange when covers became 
enormously successful. It seemed to 
me the original should be the most 
famous version, yet I have grown to 
appreciate covers like I appreciate a 
Duchamp ready-made: a creative 
adaptation of a well known thing. 
What musicians can do with a song 
they really connect with, even if they 
didn't write it, can be amazing... or 

Regardless of my view of covers 
as acceptable music or not, there are 

many instances when we catch our- 
selves more attached (or at least 
more familiar) with the cover as 
opposed to the original. Aretha 
Franklin's infamous "Respect" isn't 
her baby at all, but written by the late 
and lovely Otis Redding. While Otis 
is certainly well known, Aretha's ver- 
sion is one of the most popular and 
empowering songs in modern music 

The same is true for Jimi 
Hendrix's "All Along the 
Watchtower". Hendrix does a mar- 
velous job making it his own unique 
piece although Dylan was really the 
originator. Either way, I don't think 
Hendrix or Dylan ever did anything I 
couldn't find some bit of pleasure in. 
But they are the minority... 

Britney Spears' cover of the 

Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction" is the 
worst cover I have ever heard in my 
life. I'm not kidding. I almost cried 
when I heard it, on top of feeling 
alarmingly nauseous. 

Why she thought she could suc- 
cessfully make a cover of one of the 
anthems of rock and roll is beyond 
me, but someone should have clued 
her in. It would have saved her a lot 
of embarrassment and spared the rest 
of us the horror. I could fill my 700 
word limit with reasons why it sucks, 
but I'll save my rant and let you lis- 
ten to it for yourself. You'll know 
exactly what I am talking about after 
you hear it. 

The reason I despise Spears's 
cover is not based solely on the fact 
that I'm a Stones fan — and I'll prove 
it by throwing some love to Devo's 

quirky cover of "Satisfaction." It's 
pretty fun, baby baby baby... 

In review, there are two ways to 
view covers; they either add creativi- 
ty or they suck the song dry. Some 
make you want to dance, some make 
you want to cry, and some are much 
better than a lot of the junk being 
released as original music today any- 
way. Is it worth living in a world with 

Well, would you rather live in an 
emptier existence without the 
Talking Heads' 'Take Me to the 
River" and Jane's Addiction's 
"Sympathy for the Devil," or in a 
cheesier world with Puff Daddy's 
"Come with Me," a total rip-off of 
"Kashmir" and Marilyn Manson's 
horrendous remake of "Sweet 
Dreams"? That's a tough one. 

Scared speechless in 4th grade 

Acadia muses over one of her most embarrassing moments... 




I embarrass myself daily. From 
stepping on the sparkling clean, mir- 
ror-like boots of a Marine nice 
enough to hold open the door for me, 
to turning fire truck cherry-red at the 
hint of a faux pas, there is never a 
dull — or should I say unnoticed — 
moment in my life. 

My embarrassing moments started 
at a young age, and it was not before 
long that I realized I was never meant 
to be ah orator. Kindergarten show- 

and-tell was the first indicator that 
speaking in front of a group was not 
going to be my elementary school 

I only wish now that my fourth 
grade teacher had realized this before 
she nominated me to be my town's 
student "Veteran's Day" speaker. 


I was paralyzed. I couldn't 
move, I couldn't talk, I couldn't 
even whisper. No sounds of any 
nature could escape my mouth... 

11 will be a 
day of 

infamy. I 
was given a 
poem to 
and to recite it at our town's ceremo- 
ny in front of an overwhelmingly 
large crowd. I was up to the chal- 
lenge, and determined to overcome 
my fear of public speaking. 



t are you going to be for 

lack Matthias '06 

"Gary Coleman.' 

Smth Obed '03 

"I was Carlton 
Banks last year.' 

Cory Hiar V5 

"The scariest 
monster of them a I 
a Republican." 

Heather, Rachel, and 
Emily '05 

a \u. 

It's top secret.' 

Edgar Rabon '06 

Tauwan Raoul. 

Chris Abrahm '06 

'Robert Reich on stilts. 

Barry Bonds 

"I was thinking 
of wearing Tim 
Salmon's hide." 

Roman Jackson '06 

"I don't like 


Diligently I memorized the poem, 
and practiced day after day. By the 
time Veteran's Day rolled around, I 
was well and ready. 

The ceremony began quite 
uneventfully, and I scanned the 
crowd for familiar faces as I sat on 

Our town 
wore their 
medals of 
honor, and 
my entire 
school, as well as most of the com- 
munity, gathered to honor them. 
American flags blew in the wind, and 
I sat rehearsing my lines. 

Before long, I was called to the 
pulpit. It was at that moment that 
adrenaline rushed through my body 
as if I was being hunted by a saber- 
tooth tiger. My hands began to 
quiver, my mouth dried, and my eye- 
sight blurred. 

But I still bejieved I could deliver 
the poem. I meandered to the pulpit, 
took one scan of the crowd, and froze 
like that same tiger caught in the ice 

I was paralyzed. I couldn't move, 1 
couldn't talk, I couldn't even whis- 
per. No sounds of any nature could 
escape my mouth. A mime would 
have been more audible than me at 
that moment. I knew I had to talk, or 
remove myself from the podium. 

Cold, cruel stares pierced me from 
the audience, and fear froze me like I 
had never been stunned before. My 
mind was racing, and my body 
couldn't react. I was utterly morti- 

And so, after a long, excruciating 
pause in front of the entire crowd, my 
school principal— out of pity, out of 
sympathy, out of a necessity to get * 
my sorry 4th grade butt down from 
the stage— came to the podium, 
whispered some remark to the audi- 
ence about my IQ ranking amongst 
the extinct Dodo bird, took my hand, 
and removed me from the stage. 

It was the last time a teacher ever 
nominated me to speak in front of a 
crowd. They should have asked me 
to lead a moment of silence. 

But as with any weakness, I con- 
fronted my fear of public speaking 
head on. I forced myself to forget the 
paralyzing fear I felt in front of a 
large crowd, and throughout high 
school continued to push myself to 
speak in front of others. 

While I no longer despise public 
speaking like I once had, I still have 
plenty of other embarrassing 
moments to mull over. 

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10 October 25, 2002 

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The Bowdoin Orient 

Kresge Auditorium trembles before Dubowski 

Gyllian Christiansen 

Staff Writer 

Sandi DuBowski is milking his 
film lor all us worth. Alter spending 
live years negotiating interviews, 
traveling the globe in search of 
sources, and crafting hundreds of 
hours of footage into a cohesive 80- 
ininute documentary. DuBowski is 
not content to simply sit back and 
watch as the awards pile up (The 
fatty Award for Best Documentary 
at the Berlin Film Festival. The 
Mayors Prize for the Jewish 
Experience at the Jerusalem Film 
festival. The Grand Jury Prize for 
Best Documentary at OUTFEST Los 
Angeles) pile up. No. DuBowski is 
now launching a national education 
program based on 
the film, as well as 
the fall tour that 
brought him. and 
his film. to 
Bowdoin's Kresge 
Tuesday before 
fall break 

The film's achievements, and 
DuBowski s growing plans for it. are 
even more impressive when the sub- 
ject matter is considered The film is 
called Trembling Before G'-«A and it 
seeks to tell the stories of gay and 
lesbian Orthodox and Hasidic Jews 
A film dealing with such a closeted 
minority of what is already an often 
overlooked subset of the population 
could have easily never found its 
audience and gone completely unno- 

However, as Bowdoin's Professor 
Aviva Bricfcl commented when she 
introduced DuBowski on Tuesday 
night, he was "turning the unspeak- 
able into words, and the invisible into 
images." The profound difficulty of 
what DuBowski has sought to create, 
coupled wilh the film community's 
cries of his success, has resulted in a 
word of mouth wildfire. 

The film, brought to Bowdoin as 
the commencement lecture on the 
twenty-fifth anniversary Harry 
Spindel Memorial Lectureship, intro- 
duces us to several Orthodox and 
Hasidic Jews in Israel and the United 
States who are struggling with the 
relationship between their sexuality 
and their religion. 

Dcvorah. a married Israeli woman 
with children and grandchildren who 
told her story under the anonymity of 
silhouette, realized she was a lesbian 
only after marriage. David, an 
Orthodox gay man living in Los 
Angeles, spent a decade trying to fol- 
low the advice of his rabbis and pur- 
suing therapies that would help him 
change his homosexuality. 

Malka and Leah met in their 

A film dealing with such a closeted minority of 
what is already an often overlooked subset of 
the population could have easily never found 
its audience and gone completely unnoticed. 

Orthodox high school and now share 
a home together, even if it has meant 
alienating parts of their family and 
their community. Mark, born in 
London and sent to Israel by his 
father after learning of his homosex- 
uality, abandoned his Orthodoxy for 
many years; however during the 
period that the film was made, 
attempted to reinvest himself in this 
community, despite his homosexuali- 
ty and HI V-positive status. 

These people, and the other indi- 
viduals who were willing to tell their 
story under varying levels of 
anonymity, share a common burden. 
Jewish law (or rabbinic law for those 
engaging in lesbian relationships) 
forbids them to act upon their homo- 
sexuality. It seems that either they 
must abandon their faith, and often 
their family and community as a 
result, or they must live a lie or con- 

stantly struggle to change. The prob- 
lems branch out from here. Devorah 
describes her greatest regret being 
the pain she has caused her husband, 
who can never truly understand her 
coldness towards him. Malka and 
Leah worry that, despite devoting 
their lives to doing good works, they 
will be denied "a place in the next 
world wilh each other." 

|n the question and answer seg- 
ment after the film. DuBowski 
explained that they tried to stay away 
from the approach of creating a 
"video debate" — instead of simply 
pitting one rabbi's argument against 
another regarding this issue, they 
chose to develop an understanding of 
these peoples' lives. 
The rabbis, both ultra Orthodox 
and more progres- 
sive, seem to agree 
that that there is 
almost no way to rec- 
oncile homosexuality 
with Jewish law. 
This is not nearly as 
hopeless as it sounds. 
The reception in the Jewish commu- 
nity has proven that putting a face to 
this issue, and deftly drawing out the 
implications for the entire communi- 
ty, will instigate a dialogue. 

DuBowski described just how far 
reaching this dialogue has become, 
explaining that, besides screenings 
across the globe, he has also shown 
Trembling Before G-d in Mormon 
communities in Utah, as well as to 
Orthodox and Hasidic youth who 
have never seen another film before. 
Even the Bowdoin audience consist- 
ed mostly of community members, 
many of whom had no direct ties to 
either the Orthodox or gay communi- 
ty. "I don't know why I decided to 
come tonight" said one Brunswick 
local, "I was just a little curious... 
but now 1 think everyone should see 
that movie." 

Karsten Moran, Orient Staff 

Sandi DuBowski delivers a lecture in Kresge Auditorium about his 
film entitled Trembling Before G-d. 

Praise for Verbinski's film rings loud and clear 





Do you like scary movies? 

No. I don't mean the kind of slash- 
er crap that question made you think 
of, but the real deal — the un-gory. 
un-sexy. unmerciful psychological 
thriller that blasts you out of your 
.scat like minefields, and leave you 
shaking like a freakin' chihuahua as 
you put the key in the ignition and 
drive the hell away. Ironically, the 
genius of these films is that they 
don't require any thought whatsoev- 
er, because no matter how carefully 
you think you're sneaking through its 
turf, those mines are gonna blow you 
right back into submission. You <pay 
as well be blind. 

That kind of unconquerable sus- 
pense requires major cinematic skill- 
a piercing mastery of timing, radical 
domination of music, and irrational 
exploitation of editing. 

The Ring has got this skill; it's got 
it bad — and it surges through the film 
like a two-hour seizure. 

The plot begins like this: four 
teenagers die grotesque but unex- 
plainable deaths at the exact same 
time miles apart. Driven by a per- 
sonal connection to one of them. 

Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts. 
Miillwllund Drive) digs deeper and 
discovers that the culprit is a myste- 
rious videotape that dooms all those 
who watch it to death in exactly 
seven days — a tape she watched. In 
the next seven days, she. her 
boyfriend Noah (Martin Henderson) 
and her son Aidan (Davdi Dor (man) 
uncover the mysteries of the tape in 
an attempt to save themselves. 

Read critic's reviews and you'll see 
them tear up this story for what it 
doesn't explain. But that's not even 
the issue; they're missing the point 
entirely. The core of this film is visu- 
al; the story is just the background. 
It's important, yes. but definitely not 
the active ingredient. The images are 
the monster here. The killer works 
through a videotape, after all, a tape 
made up of solely images with no 
narrative whatsoever. Fear doesn't 
require explanation. In fact, it's far, 
far more efficient without it. 

What is so scary? A pale little girl 
with her hair draped over her face 
walking toward you. A chair spin- 
ning around statically in the air. A 
stone well in the middle of a field. A 
blank television screen. Nothing like 
what you'd expect. And then there's 
the ring; the image you see before 
you die. Sound random? It's not. 
Every random image on the tape, the 
teens' deaths, the seven days, all have 
a reason for being; this isn't a cheap 

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Daveigh Chase as Samara Morgan In The Ring courtesy of 

horror flick where the killer is just a 
guy with an axe whose mother didn't 
love him All these images actually 
end up tying together all the elements 
of the mystery into its twisted, haunt- 
ing resolution. 

With this electric lab experiment 
in visual suspense, director Gore 
Verbinski (figures) seems to have 
finally found his calling. His last 
project. The Mexican in 2001, pissed 
a lot of people off: critics, viewers. 

and, of course, Mexicans. Unlike 
that disaster, this film is tighter and 
more potent. It knows what it's doing 
and loves it. 

There is, a downside for actors act- 
ing in pure horror movies — they can 
never win any awards for their per- 
formances. It just doesn't take that 
much talent to scream and jump and 
stare openmouthed, and even when 
they manage to inject a special spunk 
to their high-pitched scenes, most of 
the audience is too scared to watch 
anyway. That being said, Naomi 
Watts did the best she could. Rachel 
is not a particularly nice woman; we 
root for her only because we want to 
find out what's really going on. But 
it's quite intriguing to watch her ruth- 
lessness take over her character as 
the movie progresses. 

The other actors didn't go far 
beyond their expectations either, 
though it is worth mentioning that 
Daveigh Chase, who plays Samara 
Morgan, the freakiest little girl 
demon since Regan MacNeil in The 
Exorcist, last worked on Disney's 
LUo and Stitch as the voice of Lilo. 
Now that's versatility. 

The Ring will be one of the most 
frightening films you've ever seen. 
Short of closing your eyes for the 
entire film, you cant escape it. So 
just take a deep breath, watch close- 
ly, and get ready to jump- 

The Bowdoin Orient 

Arts and Entertainment 

October 25, 2002 11 

Coffeehouse kicks off Homecoming fun 

Luke Wilson 

Staff Writer 

The gentle strains of strummed 
guitar chords melted slowly into the 
last refrain of NSync's "Bye, bye, 
bye," and applause rolled through 
Morrell Lounge, echoing to the far- 
thest reaches of the bonfire. Last 
Friday night's coffeehouse was 
another indication of the ecclectic 
and extraordinary talents of Bowdoin 

Music spanning decades was war- 
bled by bands and soloists alike; 
TBTs performance of "Monster 
Mash" sent the crowd into a frenzy, 
perhaps due to the amusing mask 
singer Tauwan Patterson '06 was 
wearing. Dan Schuberth, a very 
brave first-year, sent people into 
paroxysms of laughter with his dance 
routine mimicking the music video 
of one of NSync's hit songs. 
Samantha Farrell's 'OS and Peter 
Durning 'OS also added their musical 
talents to the line-up. 

Heather Emmons 'OS and Kathryn 
Walker's 'OS duet was also a definite 
crowd-pleaser. As one first-year stu- 
dent recalled, "It was a fantastic 
montage of contrasting musical tal- 
ents. It created a nice balance with 
the hectic atmosphere of the bonfire 
and chair competition." 

Eric Davich's '06 musical talent 
was also memorable. His musical 
style and incredible flair made for a 
great performance. Ursus Versus 
closed out the show with a full set, 
showing again why the group is a 
powerhouse on the a cappella scene 

Karsten Moran, Orient Staff 

Michael Chan '05 performs at the Homecoming Coffee House which took place last Friday in Morrell 
Lounge. Other performers included the Bowdoin club Poeting and the a capella group Ursus Versus. 

at Bowdoin. Performing "Tainted 
Love", the 80's cult favorite, and 
"Wanting Memories" amongst many 
other songs, Ursus Versus comple- 
mented the rest of the acts of the 
evening quite well. 

Poeting, one of the few non-musi- 
cal acts at the Coffeehouse, recited 

lyrical words to the crowd, prompt- 
ing one student observer to say, "All 
these guys are incredible, I wish I 
could do that." 

The Coffeehouse last week drew 
not only a wide variety of acts to its 
stage, but also a diverse group of 
people as spectators. It was an 

important opportunity for people to 
see the immense range of talent that 
their classmate's have. The evening 
event probably sent students, faculty, 
staff, and alumni into the cold night 
with tunes on their lips, and visions 
of Dan Schuberth dancing merrily in 
their heads. 

Students beware,.. 

Audrey Amkion 

Staff Whiter 

In honor of Halloween's approach, 
Bowdoin Film Society is bringing 
creepy movies to Smith Auditorium, 
including a very special screening of 
a silent film with live music. 

Friday night at 7:00 p.m. we're 
starting it all off with Alejandro 
Amenabar's The Others (2001). In 
the vein of Charlie Chaplin, 
Amenabar wrote, directed, and com- 
posed the music for this scary movie- 
— a rare and impressive feat. The 
film is set during the years following 
World War II and stars Nicole 
Kidman. She plays a woman who is 
trying to raise her kids alone in a 
creepy house. They're a little strange 
themselves since they cant be 
exposed to any light. The house con- 
sequently has to be kept in darkness. 
Things get even scarier when three 
new servants show up. 

Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. the 
scary theme continues with the clas- 
sic Rosemary's Baby (1968). In this 
Roman Polanski film, a young cou- 
ple, Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse 
(Mia Farrow and John Cassavettes), 
move into a new apartment and get 
friendly with the neighbors. 
Unfortunately, this proves to be a bad 
idea. Strange things start happening 

in the building. For example, the 
couple can hear chanting and eventu- 
ally a neighbor jumps out of the win- 
dow. After a sex dream involving an 
awful beast, Rosemary becomes 
pregnant and may be carrying Satan's 

On Sunday at 4:00 p.m., BFS will 
be going back in time to one of the 
first installments of the haunted 
house genre with F.W. Mumau's The 
Haunted Castle (1921) This film is 
more of a murder mystery but takes 
place in a creepy castle, so it fits well 
with the Halloween spirit. Since this 
film was made in the early days, 
there's no objectionable material so 
kids are strongly encouraged to 

The Haunted Castle was recently 
restored by the National Film 
Museum in Bangor, Maine. Bath's 
very own Doug Protsik wrote the 
score to the film. He will be in Smith 
Auditorium to perform his music 
live. Doug routinely packs houses at 
the Eveningstar Cinema during his 
winter silent film series and has 
many loyal fans. If you have never 
seen a silent film, this would be an 
ideal time to see your first In the 
silent era, there was no other way to 
see a movie except on the big screen 
with live music. 

Coldplay heats up 

Brian Dunn 

Orient Staff 


Jack Mahoney- 

one of Stanley H. Kaplan's alii* test prep teachers 

In New York CRy-has relocated to Brunswick 

and is now ac cepti n g, students, 

G uarante e d results. Call far a free constAaeon. 


The past five years in the United 
States have been one of the darkest 
periods in mainstream music. The 
stateness of early 90s rip-off bands 
and overblown teen sensations has 
ruined any hope of an American 
music revival. All the while, the 
Brits have been have been enjoying 
much more prosperity fueled by the 
dynamics of bands, both new and 
old, who are interesting and who 
constantly push the boundaries. 

After Coldplay, the new heroes of 
British radio, broke into to the 
world of Britpop with their 2000 
release, Parachutes, they went into 
the studio in 2001 looking to rede- 
fine themselves and make an album 
with a little bit more ambition. 

A Rush of Blood to the Head 
(rumored by the band to be their last 
album) truly finds Chris Martin and 
company in their best form. 

Coldplay took what they did best 
on its last effort and added a bit of 
edge and energy that Parachutes 
certainly lacked. While many of the 
yearning love songs from 
Parachutes were certainly great in 
their own right, they lack the depth 
and power of most of the material 
that these Londoners put forth on 
this latest release. 

The opening track, "Politik," pul- 
sates with an urgency that is entire- 
ly new to Coldplay, and the Britpop 
scene. It immediately builds its ten- 
sion around a pounding three chord 
sequence that only moments later 
moves into a chilling chorus that 
would raise the hairs on the neck of 
any battle hardened Britpop fan. 
Nonetheless, it is. like the rest of the 
album, still distinctively Coldplay. 

However it feels not only haunt- 
ing, but absolutely sincere, unlike 

some of the tracks on Parachutes 
which seem years behind the 
progession of A Rush of Blood to the 
Head. This feeling is once again 
very clear on "A Whisper" and "God 
. Put a Smile Upon Your Face," 
which find Coldplay at their most 

The only flaw that the Coldplay 
team made with A Rush of Blood to 
the Head was the lead single, "In 
My Place." Not only is it not up to 
par with the singles from 
Parachutes, but it doesn't show the 
casual listener the songwriting leaps 
that this quartet made in the past 
two years. 

The piano-ballad, "The 
Scientist," is by far the best track 
that Coldplay has ever done, and 
one of the best songs to come from 
the Britpop scene in years. It com- 
bines Bono's vocals of Achtung 
Baby and the feeling of early 
Radiohead circa The Bends to create 
a moment, coupled with their new 
edge, that alone warrants the pur- 
chase of the album. 

The following track, "Clocks," 
combines this same magic with the 
distinctive Coldplay sound to truly 
convince the listener that Coldplay 
has finally found what they were 
looking for. 

On the previous outing, Coldplay 
created an album that was cohesive 
and beautiful, bat never spectacular. 
This time around, they create a feel 
that is much more eclectic as songs 
like "Clocks" and "The Scientist" fit 
perfectly into the mix of louder 
tracks like "Politik." Consequently, 
some much-needed diversity is 
added to the mix. Now let's just 
hope that Coldplay will stay togeth- 
er and amaze us again. 

Big Top 

Kerry Elson 


The Foodie pulled her pink 
sparkled leotard from her closet and 
clasped her streamer-bedecked 
baton. She painted her lips frosted 
pink and her eyelids midnight blue. 
Tumbling mat folded into her back- 
pack, the Foodie strolled out of 
Howard Dorm ready for her circus 
adventure at Big Top Delicatessen on 
Maine Street. ^ 

After cart wheeling into the cafe\ 
she stood up, "styled" (circus lingo), 
cried "Aha!" and settled in front of 
the menu board to decide on her 
meal. So many choices! Big Top spe- 
cializes in sandwiches; no salads or 
platters here, just bread, meat, veg- 
gies, and cheese to choose from. The 
combinations of fillings, however, 
are diverse, so patrons will most like- 
ly find a tasty choice. 

"Get me the ringmaster!" the 
Foodie demanded, with a flourish of 
the baton. The young lady behind the 
counter kindly acknowledged his 
unexpected absence and offered to 
take the Foodie's order instead. The 
Foodie consented and proceeded to 
order a Cheddar Melt on wheat bread 
without the mayonnaise. 

The Foodie melted in rapture at 
first bite. Toasted bread sandwiched 

"Get me the 
ringmasterl n 
the Foodie 
with a flourish 
of the baton. 

a pile of thinly sliced ham, a delicate 
layer of cheddar, discs of tomato and 
red onion, and shredded lettuce. The 
bittersweet onion, spicy mustard, and 
tart cheddar complimented each 
other, as do peanuts, crackerjacks 
and elephants under a tent. 

Just as Bohemian Coffeehouse 
overshadows Starbucks, so does Big 
Top topple Subway. Unlike employ- 
ees of the pseudo-New York chain, 
these true sandwich artists construct 
tidy packages that don't overflow. 
The Foodie could not only taste but 
also see every distinct layer of her 

Breakfast is served all day at Big 
Top, so late risers can head over there 
if they've missed weekend brunch at 
Thome. Various egg and bagel sand- 
wiches comprise the breakfast offer- 
ings. Steak, ham, cheese and veggies 
fill out the egg sandwiches while 
bagels may be filled with plain or fla- 
vored cream cheese, vegetable slices 
or lox. The Foodie especially appre- 
ciated the freshness of the vegetables 
in her breakfast bagel sandwich. 

Big Top also offers locally made 
desserts, such as fudge squares, 
cookies, and brownies. The Foodie 
swooned over a chubby chocolate 
peanut butter cup; she was stunned 
by its authenticity in comparison to 
the mass-market brand. 

Big Top is a comfortable place: 
Phish songs jam from ceiling speak- 
ers while the folks behind the count- 
er playfully joke with customers. 
Although the Foodie still has more to 
discover about the Deli, she has so 
enjoyed her meals there that she will 
most likely roll her tumbling mat 
through its door again soon. 

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Arts and Entertainment 

The Bowdoin Orient 



Reiding between the lyrics 

Andrew Daigle 


This past Friday at Portland's State 
Theater, about 500 of us were in 
attendance for the second fall tour 
date of Reid Genauer and The 
Assembly of Dust. Genauer, former- 
ly the lead singer and rhythm gui- 
tarist for St range folk before he left 
the band to pursue business school, 
recently performed in coffeehouses 
and summer festivals before official- 
ly forming the Assembly of Dust this 

Joining him are Nate Wilson 
(keys) and John Leccese (bass) of 
Percy Hill with Adam Terrell of 
Railroad Earth on lead guitar and 
Andy Herrick of Moon Boat Lover 
on drums. 

The resulting sound of 
Vermontesque folk-rock with a heav- 
ier, more electric tone is one mostly 
familiar to longtime Strangefolk 
fans. The Portland show was the 
night before the band's homecoming 
in Burlington, so we expected our 
entertainers to be holding back; 
instead, we were met with an aural 
feast of melodies and jammed out 
rock that lasted two sets and nearly 
three hours. 

From my position about 20 feet 
from the stage, and sandwiched 
among a half dozen friends. 1 was 
smack dab in a river of dancing 
heads, who only paused their gyra- 
tions to hoot and holler and drop to 
their knees and ask for more and 
more after each song. Opening with 
"Burned Down." an older song, that 
climaxes with Reid shouting at the 
top of his lungs sans microphone to 
the exhilarated crowd. I witnessed 
Paulo next to me busting into a jig 
that was something between Denise 
Austin step aerobics. Sugar Ray 

Leonard kickboxing home-video 
steps, and 1981 disco after die Bee 
Gee's triumphant release of their 
influential third golden album. 

To hear perfect music, as the night 
undeniably contained, and to see 
close friends exhibit the side of 
themselves that is rarely seen, even 
by themselves, allowed us to all feel 
an energy of immediacy and impor- 
tance to the moment. This spurring 
knowledge of the music's mortality 
was sensed by all and brought about 
a strange, drained silence at the 
show's conclusion — surely similar to 
the calm before a luscious New 
England storm that drives us inside 
to clink glasses in midnight revelry. 

The First set gave us a peek of The 
Assembly's new sound on seven clas- 
sic Strangefolk tunes: "Burned 
Down." "Elixir. Poland," "45 
Degrees," "Strange Ranger," "Long 
Dead," and "Dance." The twenty- 
minute Poland jam featured solos by 
Terrell and Wilson, who dueled back 
and forth— feeling each other out 
with their eyes closed-deep in the 
moment. The set closed with 
"Dance," a melody that started with a 
simple folk rhythm, but soon pro- 
gressed into a spaced-out twangy 
electro-jam that came together after 
ten minutes into a very Slipesque 
drum -and- bass beat before ending 
with Reid's soft lyrics. 

During all of this, Paulo continued 
his trademarked moves, while 
Michel was inundated with his 
efforts to remix the band's funk jam 
with "Baby Got Back" as inspired by 
the lovable dreadlocked hippie girl 
who was nearly leaping from her feet 
with every dance step. 

After a highly revitalizing set 
break, in which we witnessed the 
magnificent surveillance techniques 
of the State's highly trained security. 

the band took the stage to resume 
their serenade. After opening with 
"Utterly Addled," they continued 
with "Amplified Messiah" (a new 
chanson), "Songbeard," 

"Speculator," "Zero to the Skin." 
"Rachel," and "Stouthearted" This 
set was more in the way of what we 
expected, with Reid busting out the 
acoustic and Nate playing the organ 
through its grand piano synthesizer. 

The crowd responded to this beat 
with the stomp and hop of traditional 
bluegrass, and smiles were beaming 
from everyone as the second set con- 
sisted of a general sing-along 
between longtime fans and the band. 
This set really proved the staying 
power of this band. 

The Assembly knows their main 
strengths and certainly plays off 
them, but they are unpredictable and 
seem to draw from a wealth of possi- 
ble directions for each jam. There is 
none of that monotony that charac- 
terizes other jam bands when the 
same chord and rhythm is replayed 
meter after meter with a mere accel- 
eration in the beat's frequency. The 
sound is so rich that the whole con- 
cert came off as much more than a 
ridiculous time; it was something to 
appreciate and to look forward to The 
Assembly's next performance. 

For the encore, Reid came out and 
played a solo acoustic version of 
"Shame." The rest of the band then 
joined in a rousing, lengthy rendition 
of "Stone Choir" that brought every- 
one to their dancing feet for one more 
round before the band joined hands, 
bowed' together, and bid us good- 

Reid Genauer and The Assembly 
of Dust are touring greater New 
England throughout the fall. Dates 
are posted at 

West Coast riots in Boston 

Wilco will still thrill 

Gyllian Christiansen 

Staff Writer 

Overheard at the show #1 

Kid A: How many Indie Kids does 

it take to screw in a light bulb? 

Kid B: How many? 

Kid A: You mean you don't 


Overheard at the show #2 

Kid A: How many Riot Grrrrls 

does it lake to screw in a light 


Kid B: I dunno, how many? 

Kid A: Five — one to screw it in 

and four to write a zine about it. 

These are what are referred to as 
inside jokes. But they go a long way 
towards defining the subcultures — 
and warring factions — that came to a 
head on Monday night at the Roxy in 
Boston, Massachusetts. The draw 
was three bands, each with three 
members, who were touching down 
in Boston for a tour date. The open- 
ers, San Francisco up-and-comers 
the Quails, were followed by garage 
rock's shiny new thing the Yeah Yeah 
Yeahs. But the belles of the ball were 
the women of West Coast rock sensa- 
tion Sleater-Kinney, a band that is 
almost never mentioned in a sentence 
without the words "critical darlings'' 
or "rock's salvation." 

If a band's rock star credibility can 
be gauged by the level of testos- 
terone in the crowd, than these three 
bands have already earned their place 
in the pantheon. I use testosterone 
not as a synonym for masculinity, but 
for competitiveness, as this was easi- 
ly the most competitive show I had 
ever been to. 

Even before the Quails took the 

stage and displayed their talent for 
taming a legion of disparate styles 
into each teeming punk-paced song, 
you could tell that the crowd was 
preoccupied with position jockeying 
and crowd jostling. The pogo stick 
energy of the Riot Grrrls was trying 
the patience of the stoically detached 
Indie Kids, while their own motion- 
less music appreciation and general 
view — blocking height was rubbing 
the not girls the wrong way. It was 
like watching the Jets and the Sharks 
rumble over their turf — a good view 
of the stage — but armed only with 
steely glares and the occasional well 
placed elbow. 

Even those in the crowd who had 
not pledged allegiance to either camp 
were infected by the tension, and 
suddenly the shaggy haired individ- 
ual who had just squeezed their way 
in front of you represented every- 
thing that was amoral and disingenu- 
ous in the world. Things were look- 
ing bad. By the time the Yeah Yeah 
Yeahs had finished their own explo- 
sive set. full of panting, posing, and 
throat shredding screams of "Art 
Star!." the crowd had collectively 
crammed forward to the point of 

Now might be a good time to men- 
tion that, despite showing up late, J 
was four rows from the front. I'm not 
proud of the dirty tricks it took to get 
me there, but from this location the 
musicians of Sleater-Kinney rocked 
me hard enough to make it all worth- 

Anyone unfamiliar with their 
music should attend to this deficien- 
cy in their hie and get familiar with 
them, but by way of an introduction, 
is comprised of two 

guitars (wielded by Conn Tucker and 
Carrie Brownstein) and a drum set 
(operated by Janet Weiss). While all 
of the women contribute vocals from 
time to time, part of Sleater-Kinney 's 
unique sound comes from Corin 
Tucker's signature trembling wail. 
Since their first self titled record 
came out in 1995. Sleater-Kinney 
have proved to be masters of consis- 
tency without stagnation. You can 
always count on them to put on a 
good show — tight and energetic but 
never overly slick or canned. 

You can also expect that with each 
successive album they .will experi- 
ment and improve musically, break- 
ing new ground while simultaneous- 
ly referencing everyone from the 
Clash to Led Zeppelin, from the 
Rolling Stones to the Ramones. 
Most importantly, however, they 
remain unfailingly accessible to their 
fans, play in decent sized venues, and 
introduce deserving new acts. All 
these attributes contribute to a deep 
sense of ownership among Sleater- 
Kinney's fans, and this ownership 
multiplied by a couple hundred fans, 
creates a combustible atmosphere. 

Sleater-Kinney took the stage 
under the glow of purple light and 
the suspense inspired by a single 
chord held until they were in posi- 
tion. It was all very Rock Star. They 
might have opened their set with 
"02" off their most recent album, 
Ome Beta, but I really cant say for 
sure, as I was certainly not taking 
notes. Whatever they opened with, 
it rocked the crowd hard enough to 
shatter die tension bubbl e , and the 

Matt Lajoie 

Staff Writer 

Wilco was the proverbial phoenix 
that rose from the alternative-country 
ashes of one of the genre's pioneer 
bands. Uncle Tupelo. But on Sunday 
night at the State Theater in Portland, 
Wilco's lead singer, guitarist, and 
principal songwriter, Jeff Tweedy, 
made sore that the crowd knew that 
this was not the same band that 
released its folk-rock debut A.M. in 
199S. When someone in the crowd 
requested "Box Full of Letters*, one 
of A.M.'s standout tracks, Tweedy 
declined, saying, "I've never been 
able to sing that song live ... I sound 
like a frog. I wrote that song before 
I smoked about 500,000 cigarettes." 

He then began 

Easily the oddest 
presence in the band 
was that of the 
Macintosh laptop com 
puter on the right of 
the stage "played" by 
the fifth hand member 

to bask in die glow of Skater- 

the next 

song — which 
was from the 
band's latest, 
most technologi- 
cal and wildly 
creative album, 
Yankee Hotel 
Foxtrot — with an 
apology of sorts: 
"This isn't 'Box 

Full of Letters,' but it's just as good. 
In fact, it's probably better." 

This seemed to be Wilco's philoso- 
phy about their song selection 
throughout the night — the newer, the 
better. They performed nearly every 
song from YHF, including a very 
energetic "Heavy Metal Drummer," a 
stunningly beautiful "Reservations" 
(which closed the first set with its 
computer-generated sound) and an 
almost comical "I'm the Man Who 
Loves You," during which Tweedy 
stumbled around on stage like a 
robot, pulling furiously at his wham- 
my bar and producing a decadent 
guitar solo. 

Easily the oddest presence in the 
band was that of the Macintosh lap- 
top computer on the right of the stage 
that was "played" by a fifth band 
member. Rock purists may scoff at 
the idea of using computer-generated 

sounds in a live conceit. However, 
Tweedy would have silenced them 
all right from the beginning as he 
began the show essentially solo. 
strumming his acoustic guitar, play- 
ing harmonica and singing a painful- 
ly beautiful "Sunken Treasure." In 
those first moments, I was blown 
away with the realization that Wilco's 
music, though made ornate with 
technological additions, can be easily 
stripped down to just a guitar, voice, 
and harmonica and not lose a bit of 
its beauty. "She's A Jar", "A Shot In 
the Arm", and "Misunderstood" were 
simply stunning to hear. performed 
live, with the piano and Tweedy's 
voice and acoustic guitar cutting 
through all the musical decoration. 
During the first 
encore, Wilco was 
joined on stage by 
members of the open- 
ing band, Califone, to 
perform three songs 
from Mermaid Avenue 
(Wilco's collaborative 
album with Billy 
Bragg that put music 
to Woody Guthrie's 
long-lost lyrics). The 
second encore was 
even more exciting to long-time 
Wilco fans, as the band performed 
three of its most energetic and classic 
songs of die night — "Monday" and 
"Outtasite (Outta Mind)" from 1996s 
Being There, and "Casino 
Queen" — the concert's lone song 
from A.M . 

While fans of the "old Wilco" may 
have been disappointed that they had 
to wait until the third song of the sec- 
ond encore to hear anything from 
AM., its more likely that they, like 
myself, were too enthralled by^ the 
overarching splendor of the evening 
to notice. Wilco's live show is a tes- 
tament to the power of Jeff Tweedy's 
songwriting, as well as his band's 
ability to adorn the relatively simple 
songs with a musical soundscape 
incomparable to any other rock band. 

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The Bowdoin Orient 

October 25, 2002 13 

Polar Bears soccer 
primes for playoffs 

Sean Walker 

Staff Writer 

The Bowdoin Men's Soccer Team 
enters the stretch run of their season 
in the enviable position of control- 
ling their own destiny. With wins in 
their next two games against in-state 
rivals Bates and Colby, the Polar 
Bears will not only clinch the CBB 
title, but also earn the advantage of 
hosting the NESCAC tournament. 

"We have a lot at stake this week- 
end, with an opportunity to have the 
tournament here and avoid a fust 
round game," said head coach Brian 

This advantage is not one to be 
taken lightly, as the Polar Bears were 
forced to take a long 1 bus trip to 
Williamstown to face the Ephs last 
year in die NESCAC tournament. 
Bowdoin dropped a tough game to 
Williams, who eventually reached 
the NCAA tournament. 

Bowdoin is still in contention for 

Evan S. Kate, Bowdoin Orient 

Soccer balls: without them, die Polar Bears 
could never have beaten the Trinity Bantams 
during Homecoming weekend. 

hosting the tournament, largely 
because of the outstanding play of 
senior Chris Fuller. During the past 
week. Fuller scored four goals in 
three games, including a blast that 
gave the Polar Bears a 3-2 overtime 
win over Trinity to celebrate 

"Chris Fuller had a great week for 
us," said Ainscough. "He gave us the 
boost we needed. We had the prob- 
lem of having to play five games in 
seven days earlier this year* which 
took a toll on in physically " 

Another important factor for suc- 
cessful teams is having new players 
rise to meet challenges Sophomore 
goalkeeper Tom Davis has done just 
that After starting against Babson. 
he played the second half of the 
Trinity game at well as overtime, 
to earn the 

*It (eh great," said Davis. 1 
just happy that I could finally con- 
tribute.'' Davis is not playing as a 
for junior standout 

Travis Derr, however. According to 
Ainscough, "We're getting into a dif- 
ficult part of the season and we need- 
ed to see how Tommy would respond 
under pressure." Having two reliable 
keepers is a major advantage that the 
Polar Bears, are happy to have over 
their opponents. 

For many players who compete for 
one available position on the Field, 
this situation could present a prob- 
lem. This is apparently not the case 
according to Davis. The San 
Francisco native said, "Travis and I 
work really well together. We push 
each other and both want to play, but 
it is very healthy competition." 

For Davis, the biggest competition 
does not happen only on die soccer 
field, but also in his room. His room- 
mate, fellow sophomore Bobby 
Desilets, is one of the premier goal- 
scoring forwards in die NESCAC 
this season. 
"We get into competitions in prac- 
tice. When he scores 
he gives me weird 
looks. I can't tell if 
he's happy that he 
scored or if he's trying 
to hit on me," said 

Desilets quickly 
cleared this up for any 
soccer fans who might 
now be eager to watch 
practice in hopes of 
seeing one if his looks. 
"It's just to let Tommy 
know that he can't stop 
any of my shots. It's 
not really the competi- 
tion he describes. 
Unless there is a com- 
petition between a 
hammer and a nail." 

While the two Polar 
Bears were exchang- 
ing these blows, Davis 
was also enjoying the 
World Series action on 
television, featuring his beloved 
Giants playing in the fall classic for 
the first time since 1989. 

Davis erupted as his hero Barry 
Bonds crushed a homerun to deep 
center. The connection between these 
two is a special one, as both have 
recendy been accused of utilizing 
steroids in their training regimens, 
resulting in the intimidating bulk that 
Davis used to stop Trinity's forwards 
last Saturday. 

This friendly rivalry has added to a 
team that already hat great cama- 
raderie. According to several team- 
mates, the team's ability to talk this 
has added a new dimension to 
on field success. 
I'm really happy for Bobby and 
Tommy, they have something great 
gowg. An of us tnmk they're perfect 
together..! mean, they even 
each other's sentences," said 
ran umei nayes. 

After all, with all successful 
teams, communication is ore key. 

Polar Bears bash Bantams 


" I 

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Evan S. Kohn, Bowdoin Orient 
Senior captain Jacqueline Templeton goes up against first year Abby Daley in a practice on Ryan Field. 

Field Hockey clinches a 
victory in the cfosing sec- 
onds against Trinity to 
become the #1 ranked 
team in the NESCAC. 

Allie Yanikoski 
Staff Writer 

The clock read 0:35 seconds, and 
Bowdoin's field hockey scoreboard 
posted a 1-1 tie between Bowdoin 
and Trinity College last Saturday. 
Then, sophomore Marissa O'Neil 
shot down the field to assist senior 
co-captain Jackie Templeton's win- 
ning goal. 

Bombarded by shots from O'Neil 
and junior Amanda Burrage, 
Templeton took advantage of the 
Bantam goalkeeper's confusion to 
redirect the outward-bound ball into 
the goal. -* 

"It was definitely a great feeling," 

said Tempteton, "[but] it just shows 
how quickly a goal can be scored, 
and how those few seconds can make 
or break a game." 

O'Neil opened up the game last 
weekend with a Bowdoin goal 10 
minutes into the first half. Trinity 
scored its lone goal 17 minutes into 
the second half, sneaking by 
Bowdoin goalkeeper Gillian 
McDonald, who thwarted 10 of the 
Bantams' 11 scoring attempts. 

"Gill made a bunch of great 
saves," said senior co-captain Sarah 
Laverty. "Amanda [also] had a good 
game, controlling a lot of the play in 
the midfield." 

Once again, the midfield and 
defensive lines interlocked to hold 
off the offensive team. 'Trinity has 
always been a very tough win," said 
Templeton. "Both last year and the 
year before that we had to go into 
overtime to beat them, and on 
Saturday it seemed that overtime was 

likely to happen again. 

"[Trinity was] really pressuring us 
and attacking hard during those last 
minutes of the game," Templeton 
continued, "but Gill did a great job of 
clearing the ball out." 

Nominated as NESCAC "Player 
of the Week" last month, McDonald 
has proved a very stable force behind 
the Polar Bears' 9-2 overall record 
thus far. 

Tied with rival Williams College, 
who the Bears defeated 1-0 last 
month, Bowdoin holds the number 
one NESCAC team ranking, with a 
6-1 NESCAC record. Yet, before 
advancing to the post-season, 
Bowdoin will face sixth-ranked 
Colby this Saturday at home. 

"Our goals for Saturday's game is 
to have better communication, better 
vision, and better connection 
between our lines of offense, mid- 
field, and defense," said Templeton. 

Football's game within a game 




Bobby Desaulniers 


Five games into the season, the 
Polar Bears have taken steps forward 
in improving their play, but have 
taken many back as well. Due to a 1- 
4 record, one might deduce that, 
aggregately, more steps have been 
taken in the backwards direction. 
Those close to the Bowdoin Men's 
Football Team have a differing opin- 

The team is currently making 
strides that it did not in the past In 
talking to some alumni football play- 
ers this weekend, conversations to 
the tone of, "You guys are playing 
much better than the team has in 
years'* were quite common. 
Statistically speaking, yes, they have 
been That is a main reason why the 
losses this year have been particular- 

ly painful. 

Coaches talk to their teams about 
the game within a game. This is the 
battle that each player has with the 
player of a different team. The Bears, 
almost all the way across the board, 
feel that they are winning the game 
within the game. 

For the most part, their work ethic 
and emotional connection to the 
game grants them the strength to win 
their own personal battles. But in 
reality, the game within the game 
stems deeper. 

Vince Lombardi said, "In great 
attempts, it is glorious even to fail." 
Each member of the team will concur 
that the Bears have put forth incredi- 
ble attempts this season. Therefore, 
some glory and sense of satisfaction 
comes with these attempts. But, the 
ups and downs of ihe game within 

the player is most important. To 
retain the will of a champion is diffi- 
cult to do while on a team with a los- 
ing record. 

This resilience is why every player 
on the Bowdoin football team is so 
admirable. In times of loss, the team 
still shows up on Monday with a 
desire to improve. It is an internal 
battle fought between resilience and 

The will of the Bears always 
chooses the former. Therefore, the 
battle is not being fought against the 
other team. The real game is in the 
mind of the player. First-year Bryan 
Duggan spoke on the issue and said, 
"The pure resentment of losing 
inspires us to improve." 

These are times that try men's 

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The Bowdoin Orient 

Featured athlete: Ruggers* winning try wiped 
Crew's Tom Scifres out by refs in loss to Colby 

Grace Cho 

Staff Writer 

At 6:30 a.m., while most of 
Bowdoin is fast asleep in bed, varsi- 
ty men's crew captain Tom Scifres 
puts on his warm layers and heads 
out into the cold for practice. 

"It's not that bad if you just wear 
enough layers," said Scifres during a 
little small talk before the interview. 

Being unfamiliar with the sport of 
crew, I sat down with Tom to get an 
idea of the whole sport, both in and 
out of the boathouse. He didn't fit my 
perception of a typical rower, but by 
the end of our conversation I knew 
that he truly loves the sport. 

Orient: So Tom, tell me how you 
got into crew? Had you rowed before 
in high school? 

TiS.\ Well, it is a funny little story 
how 1 got into crew. I had played bas- 
ketball in high school, but I was 
never any good, and I didn't think I 
would be able to play here at 
Bowdoin. Then one day, freshman 
year, I was walking through the 
union and a little tan man. who 1 
didn't know was the coach said, "hey 
you wanna row?" Ever since then I 
have been on trie team. 

Orient: Wow, and now you are a 
captain. Tell me who sits in your boat 
and a little about the position you sit? 

T.S.: My teammates in the boat are 
Gordon Clark '03, Tyler Lange '03, 
Chad Pelton '04 and Ben Needham 
'OS. 1 usually row in the bowman's 
position, which is at the back of the 
boat because I am the smallest guy, 
besides our coxswain, Ben. 

Orient: The Bowman huh? 

T.S.: Yes, it has been referred to 
with others names, and 1 am sure I 
know the one you are thinking. 

Orient: And how has the Varsity I 
men's boat been doing this season? 

T.S.. We are looking pretty strong 
this season. We just raced at the Head 
of the Charles this past weekend and 
we really surprised ourselves and the 
other teams. Our boat took third 
place out of sixty-five other boats, 
and we were just off of [behind] 

Harvard who did really well at 
nationals last year. 

Orient: That is amazingl.What are 
your predictions for this week's 

T.S.: Well the Head of the Fish is a 
fun race because of a bet our coach 
has going with the Williams coach. 
They go way back from college 
when they used to row together. Each 
year our coach bets a steak dinner 
with the Williams coach that the 
Bowdoin Varsity I men's boat can 
beat the Williams boat. So far our 
coach has yet to win a steak dinner, 
but we're hoping to change that this 

Orient: Sounds like you guys are 
planning to smash some Ephs this 
weekend. But besides winning races, 
what would you say has been your 
best experience with crew over these 
past four years? 

T.S.: Well, besides the many times 
we have gotten lost on the road! 
Rowers have no sense of direction! 
No, really to answer your question, 
the best experience would have to be 
my sophomore year when Tyler and I 
had moved up to the varsity boat. We 
were at Dad Vail, the rowing nation- 
al championships for Division II and 
Division III, and the closest team we 
looked to beat was University of 
Minnesota. We had a problem 
though. . .we didn't get along too well 
with the other guys in the boat. But it 
was amazing to see that even though 
we didn't see eye to eye, when it 
came down to race day we put our 
differences aside and came together 

Orient. Appears as though you 
guys really know how to work as a 
team. Did you have any last words 
before I wish you luck for this week- 

7:5.: Yeah, just wanted to tell any- 
one who's interested in joining the 
crew team they should go for it. We 
look forward to the new talent each 

Mike Balulescu 
Staff Writer 

Sailors are peaking 

Polar Bears win first 
team race in history 

Melanie Keene 
Staff Writer 

The coed sailing team enjoyed a 
monumental weekend. On Saturday, 
they competed at the Sharpe Trophy 
at Brown and won the first team race 
in Bowdoin College Sailing history! 

This weekend's coed team, con- 
sisting of skipper Tyler Dunphy '03. 
sailing with crews Elliott Wright '05 
and Sophie Wiss '06. and skipper 
Ryan Cauley '03 sailing with crew 
Becca Bartlett '05. also sailed 
Sunday at Harvard's Wood Trophy. 

They were joined by Frank Pizzo 
'06 who sailed with Sabrina Hall- 
Little '06. Emily Brans 06 who 
sailed with Ellen Grenley '06. and Ed 
Brigunti '05 who sailed with 
Whitney Rauschenbach '06. 

The Pizzo/Brans team had a great 
showing for their first sail in 
Harvard's lC-styled boats. Cauley, 
the master tactician in ICs, sailed yet 
another stellar regatta and placed 
second in his division with the help 
of his outstanding crew, Bartlett. 

Both Cauley and Dunphy had bul- 
lets that helped the team finish fifth 
out of twelve teams. Overall, the 
regatta was a great experience, espe- 

cially for the younger sailors who 
were able to put some IC sailing 
experience under their belts. 

As Pizzo slated, "After the second 
race I had a better feel for the boat 
and was able to tack on the right 
shifts and ultimately ended up get- 
ting third in that race!" 

In other coed action, the 
Pizzo/Hall-Little and Bruns/Grenley 
team competed at UNH's Eastern 
Series V on Saturday. The UNH race 
course was hard to master because 
the breeze was extremely shifty and 
caused several auto tacks and jibes, 
and even a capsize. However, 
Bowdoin ultimately emerged victori- 
ous against UNH. 

The women's team faced some 
very stiff competition this weekend 
at Yale's Intersectional, but the 
Bowdoin women earned a ninth 
place finish out of 18 teams. 

The wind was so strong the first 
day of the regatta that the first race 
attempted was abandoned and Yale 
was forced to call in the Coast Guard 
Auxiliary to help bring the sailors 
back into shore. 

The wind died down slightly on 
Sunday and the women were able to 
complete the regatta, despite a very 
shifty and puffy wind. Allison 
Binkowski '03 sailed with Jackie 
Haskell '05 and Laura Windecker 

Although last Saturday's 19-17 
loss to Colby ended the regular sea- 
son on a decidedly sour note, the rug- 
gen in black have plenty to smile 
about these days. Currently, they are 
preparing to travel to suburban 
Boston tomorrow and face off 
against Babson College, Middlebury 
College, and the United States Coast 
Guard Academy in the 2002 New 
England Division II Championships. 

Before a huge gathering 
of rugby alumni during 
Homecoming weekend, 
both teams put on a show in 
a game that went back and 
forth until the last seconds 
ticked away. Bowdoin still 
held the lead by the end of 
the first half, but Colby 
quickly came back, and 
managed to sneak by with a 
two-point lead going into 
the final minutes of the 

Dennis Kiley '03 gave 
the Bowdoin fans quite a 
stir when he scored what 
appeared to be a game-win- 
ning try with only a few 
minutes left in the game. 
Kiley grabbed the ball on a 
breakaway and burned 
every Colby rugger on his 
way to the try zone. But 
before anyone could break 
out the champagne, Kiley 
was called for a knock-on, 
way back at the other side of 
the pitch, and the try did not 

In the final seconds of the game, 
Bowdoin was able to push all the 
way to Colby's five-meter line, but 
time ran out before Bowdoin had a 
chance to make a run for the try zone, 
and Colby left the field victorious. 

"We played a good game, but 
Colby was pretty evenly matched 
against us," said coach Rick Scala. 
"{Colby] did an excellent job playing 
to the referee, and they had a very 
talented team. We could have done 
some things better, but it's hard to be 
disappointed when we are the team 
going to playoffs [this] weekend." 

Even though Colby beat Bowdoin, 
both teams finished the season with a 
record of 4-1-0, as did the University 
of Maine at Orono; because Bowdoin 
had the highest point differential 
among the three clubs, Bowdoin was 
declared the conference champion. 

After Colby departed for lovely 
Waterville, the Bowdoin ruggers and 
alums relocated to the adjacent pitch 
to play an alumni match, something 
that has become a tradition every few 
years during homecoming weekend. 

The match saw the participation of 
many illustrious Bowdoin rugby 
alumni, and most of the players were 
still in good enough shape to play 
five, and in some cases ten minutes 
before needing a substitution. 

Without question, the finest per- 
formance of the alumni match was 
turned in by Aryeh "ajasper28" 
Jasper '02, whose quick feet and 
unstoppable speed made him nearly 
impossible to stop on the pitch. 

"I have been sticking to a pretty 


Kartsen Moran, Bowdoin Orient 

Chisolm '04 prepares to kick against Colby* 
Thomas Hazel '05 battles on the ground. 

rigorous fitness schedule these 
days," remarked Jasper after the 
match. "My job in the advertising 
industry is extremely demanding, 
both psychically and mentally. If I 
didn't take care of myself, I don't 
know how I would last in such a 
high-pressure environment." 

Another surprise performer of the 
day was Hugh "Hank" Hill '02, who 
became the first rugby alum to ever 
participate in a match holding a lit 
cigarette in his mouth. When asked 
about his performance, Hill was quite 
sentimental. "I (cough) loved playing 
rugby when (cough) I was a student 
here, and I was so excited about 
(cough) coming back up to Bowdoin 
and (cough) reliving some of my 
glory days. Now, (cough) have you 
seen what happened to my bottle of 

Alan "Beaker" Barr '02 played in 
the first half of the match, but unfor- 
tunately had to take an important 
phone call and leave the pitch before 
the game was through. "There are 
few things in life I love more than 

playing rugby," he said, "But when 
[my life partner] Mary Jane dials up, 
you have to answer the call:*' 

Some Of the current ruggers got a 
chartce to get in on the action during 
the alumni game, and no one was 
more excited about this than fresh- 
man forward Ross Butschek. "I have 
had a lot of fun this season, and I 
think 1 am getting a better under- 
standing of how rugby works. I know 
this is only my first year, but I had 
some great runs in some of the 
matches, and I haven't 
dropped the ball once. It's 
like I'm batting 1.000 or 

After the match, most of 
the current players and 
alums retired to Daggett 
Lounge for a quiet evening 
of nostalgia and conversa- 

"I think everyone had a 
good time at the banquet," 
said coach Scala. "It was 
really nice to see so many 
different generations of 
Bowdoin rugby players 
together at one gathering. 
The camaraderie was 
great, and everyone had 
plenty of punch and cook- 
ies. - 

No one was more 
inspired by the Bowdoin 
rugby gathering than jun- 
ior Warren "Roadkill" 
Dubitsky. "When I ate din- 
ner with all of the guys 
who have worked hard 
over the years to make this 
team what it is, I was pret- 
ty moved," said Dubitsky proudly. 
"All I could think about was getting 
in better shape and lifting more 
weights. Lifting really big weights — 
so big you need a license to carry 
them down the street." 

Captain Dave Kirkland '03 
summed up the entire Homecoming 
experience best: "[expletive]." 

The ruggers now face an impres- 
sive array of foes at this year's New 
England championships. Although 
Bowdoin has never played Babson 
(4-0-0) or the U.S. Coast Guard 
Academy (4-0-0), Bowdoin lost to 
Middlebury in the Northeast champi- 
onships last fall. 

With a 5-0-0 record this season, 
Middlebury shows little sign of 
weakness. Nevertheless, everyone 
on the team is excited simply to be 
participating in the postseason, 
regardless of the outcome. 

"I really hope that we win at New 
Englands and advance," said Rambo 
"Jed Miller" '03, "but no matter what 
happens, this season has been a huge 
success for us." 

'03 sailed with Caitlin Moore '06 

After a strong day of sailing, 
Windecker said, "Doing well meant 
getting off the line with speed and 
generally sailing for velocity, but 
tacking on the large shifts. . .condi- 
tions were funky and you needed to 
pay attention and not get frustrated.'' 
The Windecker/Moore team had a 
fabulous day with four top five races, 
finishing third in their division only 
one point behind Yale. 

The upcoming weekend is full of 
many more regattas that are extreme- 
ly important for the Bowdoin Sailing 
Team's New England standings. The 
Women's team will be sailing fast 
again, trying to qualify for the 
Atlantic Coast Championship, while 
the coed team will be back at Brawn 
for some intersectional action. 




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The Bowdoin Orient 


October 25, 2002 15 

Barry Bonds is no Babe Ruth 



Barry Bonds is the modem edition 
of George Herman Ruth, or at least 
that's what every self-pontificating 
promoter of the 2002 World Series 
would like you to believe. Although 
mis comparison may increase televi- 
sion ratings, the declaration that 
Barry is Babe misguides baseball 
fans and misrepresents the accom- 
plishments of these two great slug- 

Nonetheless, the Barry-Babe-fever 
is abundant, with respected analysts 
like ESPN's David Schoenfield 
searching for parallels. 

In an article entitled "How did 
they pitch to Ruth?" he proclaims 
that, "the anticipation of seeing 
Bonds in the World Series is similar 
to the anticipation of seeing Babe 
Ruth in 1923." After micro-analyz- 
ing postseason walk ratios, he then 
declares that Barry Bonds is "more 
feared than Ruth. Amazing." 

Not to let anyone down, Barry 

Courtesy of 

In 1927, Babe hit 14 percent 
of all A.L. homeruns. 

Bonds, the media proclaimed rein- 
carnation of the "Sultan of Swat," 
homered in his very first at-bat, giv- 
ing further credence to those who 
back his legacy as on par with that of 
the Babe. 

In addition to his current postsea- 
son success, Bonds hit a league- 
record 73 homeruns in 2001, break- 
ing Ruth's career-best by 13. That 
same year, Bonds also topped Babe 
Ruth's .847 slugging percentage — a 
record that stood for the better part of 
eight decades. , v ,. 

Although it is only natural to com-, 
pare a player when he approaches 
and supercedes a mark of historic 
greatness, such comparisons carry 
inherent risks that can skew the sta- 
tistical reality. 

Simply put. Bonds' 73 homeruns 
in 2001 pale in comparison to Ruth's 
60 in 1927. For example, if econo- 
mists discuss real wages in the 
United States, they adjust for infla- 
tion. It's obvious that a dollar today 
buys a lot less than a dollar 80 years 
ago. Likewise, a homer today is less 
significant than a homer 80 years 

However, when discussing the sta- 
tistical accomplishments of athletes, 
analysts and casual fans do not con- 
cede such inflationary differences. 
As a result, the gross totals fail to 
offer any meaningful analysis or 

In 1927, Babe Rum's magical 60 
represented 14 percent of all home- 
runs in the American League. Thus, 
in the entire league, approximately 
430 balls were knocked into the 

On the other hand, in the modern 
era, eight to ten players (mnnericaUy 
comparable to a third of a single 
team's roster) can account for 430 
homeruns. Barry Bonds would need 
an attionomical 300-pius round-trip- 

pers to approach Ruthian dominance. 

While you try to fathom how a sin- 
gle player could account for 14 per- 
cent of all homeruns within his 
league, take into account how Babe 
Ruth revolutionized the game of 
baseball. Before Babe, bats didn't 
have knobs at the end of the handle, 
players rarely swung for the fences, 
and singles were a valued commodi- 

The Babe changed all that by play- 
ing with a reckless, all-or-nothing 
style that refuted conventional base- 
ball wisdom. His simple mantra of 
"Never let the fear of striking out get 
in your way" paved the way for his 
714 career homeruns and 1330 

Barry Bonds, conversely, was 
reared in the homerun-happy base- 
ball cultures of the 90s. He strategi- 
cally added bulk to his once lanky 
frame and since has become the 
game's most dominant power hitter 
of his generation. 

And that's exactly where he 
belongs. The 2002 World Series 

showcases the most feared hitter of 
the new millennium, but the compar- 
ison to the Babe is seriously flawed 
in that it compares two of the game's 
greatest hitters without controlling 
for the time element 

But, come on, wouldn't it be fun to 
imagine how Barry Bonds would 
have done in 1927? After all, he 
might have hit 73— or maybe even 
80. He might have been better than 
the Babe! 

Unfortunately, Bonds never would 
have played a single game of Major 
League Baseball in the 1920s. If he 
were a ball player, he would have 
played in a segregated all-black 
league and eventually ended up in 
the Negro League Baseball Hall of 
Fame in Kansas City. 

But he didn't play baseball in the 
1920s. Instead, he was born in 1964. 
made it to the big leagues in 1986, set 
the all-time single season homerun 
record in 2001, and led his team into 
the 2002 World Series. As such, he 
should be judged in accordance to bis 

Football digs deep 

FOOTBALL from page 13 

souls. To be repeatedly knocked 
down and to always get up is a qual- 
ity that exists in every player on the 
team. The Bears are uniquely tested 
in ways consistently winning teams 

are not Players on winning teams 
never need to dig for the power to 
compete. The Bean do this on a daily 

As each player consistently wins 
more and more internal battles, the 
wins will come. I have no doubt that 
every member of the team will pur- 
sue the ever-sweeter taste of victory 
with -an intensity that augments by 
the minute. The wins will come, as 
the foundation is in place. 

Evan S. Kohn, Bowdoin Orient 

Polar Bears gather in practice 
to receive instruction. 

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Better Scores. Better Schools. 

National Stress-Free Grad Weekend 

Sunday, October 27th 
Bowdoin College, Sills Hall 

The Princeton Review is proud to present the National 
Stress-Free Grad Weekend. Come take a free practice MCAT 
or LSAT under realistic testing conditions and receive a 
detailed score report or go to our signature GRE Strategy 
Session to learn what's on the test, how it's used, and how to 
master it. You must register in advance to attend. 

Call 866-TPR-PREP or go to to register. 

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The Bowdoin Orient 

Weekly c aleid a 


er 25 - 31 



Robert Reich's talk, entitled "The Workforce in Transition," will 

discuss critical workforce issues facing future leaders, and how 

companies can move away from a top-down "high volume" model 

to a new "high value" model. Prior to joining the faculty at Brandeis 

University, Professor Reich served as Clinton's Secretary of Labor. 

Under his leadership, such initiatives as the School-to- Work 

Opportunities Act, Goals 2000, and the Family and Medical Leave 

Act were passed and enacted. 

'Tickets art needed for this common hour; free with a Bowdoin I.D. and available at 
the Smith Union Information Desk* ~"~ 

Pickard Theater, 12:30 p.m. 

TeaTime Concert! 
Flutist Krysia Tripp and guitarist Keith 
Crook will perform works for flute and gui- 
tar by Giuliani, Molino and Bozza. 
Gibson Hall, Room 101, 4:00 p.m. 

FILM: The Others 

Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium, 

7:00 p.m. 


...perhaps the funniest in the unvierse. 
Druckenmiller Atrium 
' 9HX) p.m. 

campus wide: MOB Party 

With D J Nubian and D J Cats 

Quinby House, 10:00 p.m. 



Water Polo Tournament 

North Atlantic Division 


Greason Pool 

Beginning at 10:30 am. 

'Tournament runt through Sunday* 


Rosemary's Baby 

Sills Hall, 

Smith Auditorium, 

7:00 p.m. 


Free hip-hop show with 
Bowdoin's own Poeting team 

and DJ Marquee. 

Smith Union, Morrell Lounge, 

8:00 p.m. 




Bowdoin Chapel 
4:30 p.m. 

FILM: The Haunted Castle 
Silent Film with live accompaniment 

by Doug Protsik 
. Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium, 
4:00 p.m. 

Get out and vote for Chellle Pingree! 

Spread the word about this unique candidate 

and hear Bluegrass Music! 

Morrell Lounge, 7:30 p.m. 

Community Center Meeting 

Morrell Gym, Colbath Room 

5:00 p.m. 

Italian Table: Thome Hall, 

Pinette Dining Room, 

5:30 - 7:00 p.m. 

Writing Project Workshops: 

Sundays: Russwurm House Library, 

6:00-11:00 p.m. 

Monday-Wednesday: H&L Library, 

3rd Floor, 



President Mills' Office Hours: 

Morrell Lounge, Smith Union, 
12.00-2:00 p.m. 

German Table: Thome Hall, Pinette Dining 

Room, 5:00-7:15 p.m. 

Chinese Dining Table: Thome Hall, 

Hutchinson Room, 5:30-7:00 p.m. 


Chris Beach, Jungian analyst, presents 

"Poems Upwelling as Part of 

Individuation: A Personal Account." 

V.A.C, Beam Classroom, 

4:00 p.m. 

Panel Discussion: 

"Women in Politics" 

V.A.C, Kresge Auditorium 

7:00 p.m. 


Anthony Shaffer's who-dunit play opens at the Portland 
Stage Company. Sleuth runs through November 24. 

7:90 b.m. 

Portland Stage Company 
25A Forest Ave., Portland 

For more information and tickets, call 774-0465. 



Guest lecturer Dr. Alexander Leskov, Rodney S. Young Fellow, 

University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, 

will speak on "Caucasus as a Cultural Bridge: An Archaeological 


V.A.C, Beam Classroom, 7:00 p.m. 

Smoking Cessation Class 

Thome Hall, Pinette Dining 

Room, 3:30-5:00 p.m. 


fTMN^BFOlfc 7:30 p.m. 

State Theater, 609 Congress Street, Portland. For more information and 

tickets call, (207) 775-3331 


Bowdoin's Improvabilities. Jason Long and Cabul Mchta. 

Photo by Karsten Moron 

Dear Dean Bradley, 

Attached you will find an itemized bill of sale for your Mausoleum of Grades. It 
was morbid work (laying to rest those old grading systems), but we build what we are 
asked to build. Student Opinion's grave appears gratis, as we built it out of our leftover 
material from the mausoleum. 

I noted in my earlier letter your debt of $10.6 billion. This needs to be rectified 
as soon as possible. Please settle all accounts immediately with Queen Bee Accounting to 
our offshore Bahamian accounts. 

Thank you for your time and consideration. We will be in touch. 


G Drone Hornet 

President, Green Hornet Construction 


Nuts... $7,783.00 

Bolts. $5,564 66 

Stone... $1,895,654.54 

Mortar... $2.232, 195.22 

Wood... $156,532. 15 

Little Nuts... $1,2 15.645.62 

Big Nuts... $225,284.67 

Porn. $1,267,819.65 

Beer... $3,595,485,477.67 

Marijuana. . . $2,925,000 

20 Gallons Ether. . .$500,000 

High Powered Blotter Acid... $700,000 


Manual... $1,254,898,855.54 
Women in labor... $23,498.45 


Payoffs... $6,987,876,000 

Grapefruits and Limes... $5 1,598,000 

Grapefruit knives. ..$1,500 

Cocktail glasses... $2,450,000 

1000 Beaver pelts... $98,000 

Labor for production of 450 fine beaver top hats. . .$700,000 

Labor and material for 450 black tuxedos.. .$135,987,000 

225 Briar pipes. . $22,500 

225 ebony cigarette holders. . .$22,500 

Assorted hot pants... $1,456,000 

Ladies stockings. . .$100,000 

TOTAL $14,412,216,340.00 
PREVIOUS DEBT $10,600,000,000.00 
OVERALL TOTAL $25,012,216,340.00 


... . • 


Bowdoin Orient 

Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine 

The Oldest Continuously Published College Weekly in the U.S. 

November 1, 2002 
Volume CXXXII, Number 7 

Robert Reich 
speaks on war 

Jonathan Perez 

Staff Writer 

In his speech entitled "The War on 
Terrorism: Economic 

Consequences," former Secretary of 
Labor under President Clinton Robert 
Reich addressed many of the present 
day concerns Americans have about a 
pending war in Iraq. 

Reich began his speech by high- 
lighting Americans' two most impor- 
tant concerns according to recent 
polls: a shaky economy and a possible 
war .overseas. He stated that these 

uc£ have been compartmentalized, 


that is,; the relationships between the 
two issues have not been given much 
attention, and are seen as isolated 

He addressed three particular ways 
the war against terrorism and the. 
pending war on Iraq have affected the 
economy of the United States, as well 
as the global economy. 

Reich first discussed the public's 
concern with the budget and the infa- 
mous "guns vs. butter" debate, which 
centered around the effect a military 
war would have on the homeland 
budget Reich drew parallels between 
the late '60s to early '70s and today, 
noting mat then inflation skyrocketed 
around the time of the war in 
Vietnam. He added, "But that is a dif- 

Midnight madness caps off Halloween 




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Karstcn Mann, Bowdoin Orient 

Costumed students enjoy the festivities that mark the first basketball practice of the winter season. 
Students participated in costume contests, shoot-offs, and the "general rowdiness" in Morrell Gym. 

ferent circumstance than if you are 
dealing with an underutilized econo- 
my, like we have now," Pointing to 
4ne uMtombiiied capacity of factories 
and industries and their production 

Please see REICH, page 3 

Chemistry research honored 


Karstcn Moran, Bowdoin Orient 

Professor Christensen received recognition for decades of research 
at Bowdoin when awarded the American Chemical Society Award 
for Research at an Undergraduate Institution. 

Sara Bodnar 

Staff Writer 

This past summer, chemistry 
professor and Associate Dean for 
Academic Affairs Ronald 
Christensen was rewarded for 
his 26 years of research endeav- 
ors at Bowdoin College. 

in August, the American 
Chemical Society (ACS) offi- 
cially named Christensen the 
2003 winner of the ACS Award 
for Research at an 
Undergraduate Institution. 

Christensen received the presti- 
gious award, along with a $5,000 
gnat for to* devotion to science- 
related research. 

Arriving to Bowdoin in 1976, 

Professor Christensen planned to 
"establish research programs 
that would involve undergradu- 
ates and contribute both to their 
learning and careers." 

During his time at the College, 
Christensen has supervised 
roughly 60 students who have 
pursued honors with the chem- 
istry department. Christensen 
dedicated both his academic 
years and summers to his 
involvement with undergraduate 

The ACS award also acknowl- 
edges Professor Christensen'* 
personal investigations into 

Pie-ese* CHRISTENSEN, pat* 2 

Bowdoin joins BRIN 

College links up with biomedical research consortium 

Alec Schley 

Staff Writer 

At a news conference in 
Augusta on October 16, Bowdoin 
declared that it would join the 

Sciences, "Bowdoin's member- 
ship in the BRIN consortium 
guarantees that at least two 
Bowdoin students per summer 
will have the opportunity to work 

Maine Biomedical 
Network, or 

BRIN. The infra- 
structure offers 
training and men- 
toring programs 
for faculty and 
and allows stu- 
dents to study the 
field of compara- 
tive genomics. 

The Mount 
Desert Island 
founded BRIN last year with a 
grant from the National Center 
for Research Resources at the 
National Institutes for Health. A 
subsequent grant of $2.5 million 
allowed Bowdoin to participate 
in the program, joining Bates, 
Colby, College of the Atlantic, 
the Jackson Laboratory, and the 
MDI Biological Laboratory in 
the consortium. 

Comparative genomics, the 
subject which BRIN students 
investigate, compares gene func- 
tion in different species and ana- 
lyzes how different genes cause 
disease in humans. Students can 
learn about comparative 
genomics through either short 
courses or summer internships. A 
semester long course is sched- 
uled for 2003. 

According to Professor Ronald 
Christensen, the James Stacy 
Coles Professor of Natural 
Sciences and the Associate Dean 
for Academic Affairs for the 

Research with scientists 


Students show enthusiasn for 
the resources of BRIN. 

BRIN may 

at Jackson 
Mount Desert 
Laboratory, or 
other BRIN 
institutions as 
paid summer 
cover room and 
board, stipend, 
plus some trav- 
el expenses." 


believes that 

association with 

bring several short 

Please see BRIN, page 3 


Kanbar Hall 
to provide 
space for 

Sam Downing 

Staff Writer 

With funding secured and its 
design nearly set, the Bowdoin 
College Board of Trustees has voted 
to begin construction on Kanbar 
Hall, a new building to house the 
psychology, education, and academ- 
ic skills programs on the northeast 
corner of campus, in March of 2003. 

"For a long time Bowdoin 
College has had a serious need for a 
building to properly serve these 
important academic programs, 
which touch every student who 
walks the Bowdoin campus." 
President Barry Mills said. 

Sandwiched between Sills and 
Cleaveland halls on the Cleaveland 
Quad, Kanbar Hall will rise three 
stories above a full basement. The 
largest tenant will be the psychology 
department, followed by education 
and the academic skills programs, 
including the Baldwin Center for 
Learning and Teaching, the Writing 
Project, and Quantitative Skills pro- 

Kanbar Hall will feature a SO-seat 
lecture hall, a seminar classroom, a 
24-hour computer lab, and ample 
informal study spaces, in addition to 
program-specific labs and office 
space for the three tenants. 

Common areas will be scattered 
throughout the building. "There 
will be spaces for students to con- 
gregate and talk informally with the 
chance of a faculty member stop- 
ping by and chatting," said 
Professor Louisa Slowiaczek, chair 
of the psychology department and a 
building committee member. 
Slowiaczek said the building will 
foster a "sense of camaraderie 
between students and professors in 
the department and encourage a 
sense of community." 

The architects and planning com- 
mittee decided on a three-story brick 
structure defined by a large glass 
entrance space and a glass wall that 
stretches across the comer of the 
second and third floors facing cam- 
pus. The cost was chopped down to 

Please see BUILDING, page 3 


A look at the 

skinny white 

boys of rock 

Page 11 

1 1 


Dr. Jeff on getting 

a good night's 


Page 7 

Sailing profiles, page 18 

Sports A+E 

Men's soccer wins Little Egypt 
NESCAC bid replaces Mos Def 
Page 15 Page 13 

November 1, 2002 



The Bowdoin Orient 

Children's Center director bids adieu 

Rhode Ann ]ones retires after five years of service at Bowdoin 

Rose Kent 

Staff Writer 

The Children's Center will be 
losing a dedicated and energetic 
director when Rhode Ann Jones 
leaves in January. She will be 
leaving after five years at 

Jones came to the College in 
1997 with 35 years of experience 
in early childhood education and 
administration Jones graduated 
from Northwestern University 
with a degree in early childhood 
education and went on to teach 
first grade for IS years. She has 
also been the lower school head 
of private schools in New York 
City and San Francisco; oversee- 
ing virtually all aspects of the 
lower school programs (from 
education to finance to adminis- 
tration), which consist of chil- 
dren from age three through the 
fifth grade. 

When asked about the high- 
lights of her career Jones replied. 
"The joy of this and the joy of 
everything I've done in education 
is the children.'s an extremely 
rewarding field." The children's 
center takes care of 42 of these 
children, ages 6 months through 7 
years old 

One of Jones's most visible and 
lasting contributions to Bowdoin 
will be a brand new building, 
scheduled to open in January, to 
house all of the children's center 
programs. Bill Torrcy. president 
of planning and development, 
said that Jones has been 
"absolutely wonderful in getting 

Karsten Moran, Bowdoin Orient 

The new Children'! Center, which will house all of its programs, will 
open in January. Jones played a large role in facilitating the con- 
struction of the building. 

Chemistry professor receives accolades for work 

the building built." 

Jones commented that she 
would love to see more Bowdoin 
graduates go into the field of edu- 
cation. "We need the best of the 
best to go into teaching." she 
explained. Currently students in 
developmental psychology class- 
es intern at the center. "If you 
want to learn, this is the place," 
she added. 

"My passion is that learning 
never stops and should always be 
a joy." Jones said. She continued 
by noting that children are 
always learning, and the joy of 
teaching comes from "introduc- 
ing something new and watching 
the light go on in their eyes." 

She hopes to find a job that 

demands fewer than the SO to 60 
hours she currently works per 
week, so that she can spend time 
with her five grandsons. 
However, she emphasized that 
children will be part of the new 
job endeavor, whatever it may be. 
Torrey will be in charge of 
finding a replacement for Jones. 
He will be looking another indi- 
vidual "with impeccable commu- 
nication skills, supervisory expe- 
rience, and a love and enthusiasm 
for children and their families," 
much like Jones. A search com- 
mittee will be announced in the 
coming weeks and an ad will be 
placed both locally and national- 

CHRISTENSEN, from page I 

As a physical chemist and 
chemist professor, Christensen 
studies photochemistry, the 
molecular phenomenon associat- 
ed with the conversion of light 
into useful forms of energy in 
chemical and biological systems, 
which means that he can explain 
the orange shade of carrots, or 
the rare occurrence of blue lob- 
sters. Christensen spent 30 years 
studying the chemistry of vision; 
his undergraduate work at 
Oberlin College sparked his 
extensive examination of the 
molecules linked with vision and 

Christensen's com 
mitment to chemistr 
and photobiology has 
taken him all over 
the world. After 
engaging in graduate 
work at Harvard 
University, he trav- 
eled to the University 
of Leiden in the 
Netherlands for his 

Since that time, 
Christensen has been a research 
fellow and visiting professor at 
universities in London, 
Melbourne, and Japan. He 
explained that he relished the 
opportunity to use advanced 


techniques at 
renowned at an 

On his abroad 
Christensen said, 
itself is an international lan- 
guage. Technology has made it 


'Science in 

easier to work with people at 
long distances. It's not that hard 
to have a serious collaboration 
with someone on the other side 
of the ocean." 

Faculty research can enrich 
students' understanding of cours- 
es and can introduce them to spe- 
cific areas of a topic they would 
like to explore, be it in the form 
of an English paper or a physical 
chemistry honors thesis. 

Although Christensen has 
worked at countless labs and uni- 
versities, he still has a fondness 
for the Bowdoin chemistry 

At Bowdoin, Christensen said 
he has had 
interested in 
doing science 
during the 
year and in 
the sum- 
mers ... .My 
active col- 
leagues in the 
department have been very sup- 
portive... Bowdoin provides a 
good atmosphere for scientific 

At the end of this year, 
Christensen will temporarily 
leave Bowdoin and embark on a 
one-year sabbatical. Although 
part of the year will be dedicated 
to research at the University of 
Connecticut, his exact plans 
remain undetermined. 

A physical chemist, 
chemistry, the 
molecular phenmnenon 
associated with the 
conversion of light 
into useful forms of 
energy in chemical 
and biological systems. 



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Anti-Coalition forces 
target all girls school 

In an attempt to open a 
new front against the 
American-backed coalition 
in Afghanistan, rebel 
forces fired numerous mis- 
siles into a U.S. -supported 
all-girls school. There 
were no fatalities in the 
incident which occurred in 
Karim Dad, a small village 
30 miles to the South of 
the capital, Kabul. 

The Taliban, during its 
rule, outlawed any educa- 
tion for women, and see 
this attack as a step 
towards eliminating the 
cultural divide that exists 
in the new Afghanistan. 

days of campaigning. 

Mondale, who represent- 
ed Minnesota in the Senate 
from 1964-1976, launched 
his run for Senate on 
Thursday, stressing his 
experience in state and 
national government. 




Mondale gets nod with 
Minnesota Democrats 

The 74 year-old, former 
Vice President, Walter 
Mondale will replace the 
late Paul Wei I stone as the 
Democratic nominee for 
the open U.S. Senate seat 
in Minnesota. Mondale, 
who enters one of the 
tightest races in the coun- 
try, will go against the 
Republican. Nate 

Coleman, on only five 


MEA standardized 
test results fall short 

The newest findings by 
the State Department of 
Education show that 
Maine students are falling 
short of the state's educa- 
tional standards. This 
marks the third year in a 
row in which test scores 
have been below the crite- 
rion set by the State. 

Only 81 percent of 
Maine students met the 
standards in Math, while 
47 percent of Maine stu- 
dents failed to meet or 
only partially met the stan- 
dards in reading. On the 
whole, however, Maine 
schools still rank above 
many states on standard- 
ized nationwide examina- 

Tap dancers tap for 
ten miles 

Tap dancers, in an 
attempt to raise funds for n 
Portland hospital and 

break an all-time distance 
record, successfully tap 
danced 10 miles from 
Portland to Gorham last 
Sunday. The 26 dancers, 
ranging in ages from 10 to 
61, raised money through 
pledges by sponsors. 

In addition to beating 
the old record by four 
hours, the dancers 
arranged three separate 
routines which guided 
their paths through the 
streets of Southern Maine. 
All proceeds went to the 
Barbara Bush Children's 
Hospital in the Maine 
Medical Center. 


College Life 

Bates inaugurates 
first female president 

Last Saturday, Bates 
inaugurated Elaine Tuttle 
Hansen as the seventh 
President in the college's 
history. Hansen, who has 
been working in Lewiston 
for the school since July 1 , 
previously worked as 
provost for Haverford 
College in Pennsylvania. 

Hansen earned her bach- 
elors degree at Mount 
Holyoke College, a mas- 
ters at the University of 
Minnesota and her 
Doctorate at the University 
of Washington. 



le Bowdoin Orient 


November 1, 2002 

Former labor secretary lectures on economic consequences of war in Iraq 

REICH, from page I 

value combined with a low unemploy- 
ment rate around S.8 percent, Reich 
stated that under our circumstances, 
"having a lot of military spending may 
not take away from the country's 
capacity to do a lot of other domestic 
things should we wish to do so." In 
other words, deficits are not necessar- 
ily bad when there is an underutilized 
capacity and the risk of inflation is less 
of a threat. 

Secondly, he found the real problem 
to lie in the post 9/1 1 increased closing 
of America's borders on all fronts. 
"With the movement of goods, the 
movement of people, the movement 
even into our ports: it is harder to sim- 
ply move things into the United States, 
it is harder for people to get into the 
United States." Thus, this presents a 
threat to our global economic system. 

Reich went on to state that, at its 
basic structure, globalization depends 

on global integration in terms of prod- 
ucts, materials, and global invest- 
ments, which is inhibited when the 
movement of people and goods across 
borders is threatened. 

"Post 9/11 we find a fundamental 
shift in our political thinking about 
immigrants," he said. In the advent of 
racial profiling, many civil liberties 
are violated, inhibiting the flow of 
immigrants and future workers 
through our borders. Reich, as an 
advocate for the liberalization of U.S. 
borders prior to 9/1 1, found that those 
individuals who were driven to 
become U.S. citizens have the dual 
capacity of hard work and commit- 

A third problem Reich addressed 
concerned the practices of the current 
administration's militarization of for- 
eign policy and the combined unilater- 
alism on many issues concerned with 
foreign policy. "But when the current 
administration says 'No' to almost 

every international treaty that comes 
its way — whether we are talking about 
Kyoto, global warming,... the anti- 
proliferation of nuclear and chemical 
weapons,/* we are talking about a 
treaty with regards to international 
criminal court — whatever the treaty is, 
this administration has essentially said 
no." And in this sense, Reich high- 
lighted a second problem that has 
occurred in regards to the doctrine of 
unilateral preemption that the current 
administration has taken towards 
global treaties. 

In both cases, Mr. Reich pointed to 
issues that seem to be a detriment to 
the global economy and globalization 
in general: first, the closing of borders 
and, second, the attitude of unilateral- 
ism in foreign policy. He predicted 
long-term effects that might indicate 
the beginning stages of a direct retreat 
from globalization. "At a time of 
international terror this may be the 
wrong way to go." 





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Kanbar Hall, to the right of Sills Hall in the above rendering, will 

house the psychology and education departments, as well as acad- 

mic skills programs. 

New academic building will give other departments breathing room 

BUILDING from page 1 

$8.75 million because the college 
budget reportedly could not accom- 
modate earlier plans for a "signature 
building," and proposals for an elab- 
orate curving glass front were 
scrapped to cut costs. 

"The interesting thing about the 
building," said Bill Torrey, Senior 
Vice President for Planning and 
Development, "is that there is not 
really a back side to it. We wanted a 
face to the town" that connected the 
campus with the community. 

Designed by Cambridge Seven 
Associates, the structure is to be 
angled into the space so that it maxi- 
mizes sightlines and spares several 
trees near Bath Road, including the 
Kellogg Tree, the oldest tree on cam- 
pus. The first floor of the building 
i will be T-shaped but only the leg of 
the T will extend above the first 

Cambridge Seven also designed 
the award-winning addition to 
Searles Hall. "We chose them 
because they did an innovative job 
with Searles and know that end of 
campus well. They did a fine job of 
putting all of the component parts [in 
the new building] together," said 

The building's name, Kanbar Hall, 
recognizes the Kanbar Charitable 
Trust, which furnished the lead gift 
for the structure. Elliott Kanbar, a 
New York businessman and 1956 
Bowdoin graduate, is part owner of 

Skyy Spirits, was 

a founder and part- 
ner of the $5-A- 
Frommer group of 
travel companies, 
and was founder 
and chairman of 
General Mortgage 

The neuroscience 

Hall] has led some people to ques- 
tion how the program is valued but I 
think the promise of this new space 
is somewhat inspiring," she said. 
The psychology and neuroscience 
departments will gain a wet lab and 
experiment observation stations that 
feature two-way mirrors facing 
rooms on either side. "We are par- 
ticularly excited to have space that is 
deliberately designed for what we 
need to do," she said. "The new 
facilities will raise the psychology 
and neuroscience programs to a new 
A new academic support center 

O'Connor, might make coming in to 
the Baldwin Center, or one of the 
peer tutoring programs, less intimi- 

The education department will 
move to the new building from 
Ashby House. "It will be wonderful 
that the education department will be 
moving back to the heart of the cam- 
pus," Nancy Jennings, department 
chair and building committee mem- 
ber, said in a statement. "We're also 
looking forward to sharing space 
with psychology and the academic 
skills programs. This proximity will 
facilitate collaboration and the shar- 
^^^^^^^^ ing of ideas 
among our stu- 
dents and col- 

An eight mem- 
ber building com- 
mittee, comprised 

Kathleen O'Connor, Director of the Writing Project f ienior "*mi ni *- 

trators and faculty 

The building [Kanbar Halljwill bring the oca 
demic support programs together and make 
them more visible 

program will 
occupy the basement The first floor 
will feature classrooms, a computer 
laboratory, and offices for the educa- 
tion department and academic skills 
programs. Psychology laboratories, 
classrooms, and office space, a 
kitchen, and informal lounges will 
fill the second and third floors. 

The largest tenant will be the psy- 
chology program. "I don't know 
what superlative adjectives to use to 
convey how excited I am about this 
new space," said Slowiaczek, the 
psychology department chair. The 
new building "really allows us to 
expand, grow, and develop in the 
work that we are doing at all levels. 
The length of time psychology has 
been in the current space [Banister 

will cover part of the first floor. 
Ample new conference space will 
eliminate the need for writing and 
math tutors to meet in the Cafe" and 
across campus, said Kathleen 
O'Connor, Director of the Writing 
Project "The building will bring the 
academic support programs together 
and make diem more visible," she 
said, noting that the programs are 
currently scattered across campus in 
Sills and Searles Halls. O'Connor 
hopes the connections between the 
three programs and the three depart- 
ments in the building can enhance 
learning opportunities across disci- 
plines, "We don't work as closely as 
we might," she said. The glass walls 
will also give the program a sense of 
which, according to 

—————— representatives, 

worked with die architects on the 
final designs. Originally planned for 
the site directly north of 
Massachusetts Hall on Bath Road, 
the planning committee decided to 
move the location to the larger space 
on Cleaveland Quad. The chosen 
space is bordered by Sills Drive and 
Bath Road. 

Torrey, the planning administrator, 
said that along with Kanbar Hall, 
construction will begin this spring on 
the chapel to restore the spires. "We 
are also looking closely at the art 
museum," he said in terms of remod- 
eling. Renovating the first year 
dorms and the hockey rink are the 
next projects on the horizon. "We 
ate soil in the fund raising stage," 
said Torrey. 

Woo waxes on politics 

Hans Law, Bowdoin Orient 
Professor Woo lectures about political equality for Asian Americans. 

Hannah Dean 

Staff Writer 

Political clout. Political voice. 
Equal opportunity. What do these 
terms mean in terms of minority com- 
munities and, more specifically, in 
terms of the Asian American popula- 

Dr. S.B. Woo, a physics professor 
at the University of Delaware and the 
former Leiutenant Governor of 
Delaware, defined these terms and 
shared some of his more general 
observations about politics in 
America during his Wednesday night 
lecture entitled "The Importance of 
Political Power in Achieving